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Man Utd news: Robin van Persie spotted at Carrington as Erik ten Hag ‘approves request’ | Football | Sport

Robin van Persie has been snapped at Manchester United’s Carrington training complex completing a mandatory element of his UEFA Pro License. The former Premier League marksman made a personal request to return to the club with which he spent three seasons, and manager Erik ten Hag approved.

Van Persie bagged 26 goals en route to the Premier League title in his first campaign at United. The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford in 2012 after spending eight years at Arsenal, where he amassed almost 300 first-team appearances.

He went on to enjoy spells at Fenerbahce and Feyenoord before hanging up his boots in 2019. Now, the 40-year-old is fully focused on pursuing a career in management.

According to The Athletic, Van Persie requested to visit his old club along with two other Dutch coaches also hoping to complete their UEFA Pro License.

Interviews with Ten Hag, Mitchell van der Gaag and John Murtough are on the agenda as Van Persie is set to remain at Carrington until Thursday. The Dutch FA requires aspiring coaches to spend time learning their craft at a foreign club as well as domestically.

The Rotterdam-born star is an assistant coach at Feyenoord and has also spent time managing their youth teams. Van Persie posed for pictures alongside Ten Hag’s attacking coach, Benni McCarthy, during his Red Devils reunion.

“At seven in the morning we’re in the office and delegating the training sessions, the individual schedules, all the data. Then the players come in, you have your individual meetings. You’re in the office working tirelessly on new content. And then six in the evening, that’s when you leave to go home after a long day. And that’s just working as an attacking coach.

“The manager is frightening. But when you see the progress the team is making, you don’t mind those hours you put in. When you see the success Man United has everywhere in the world… We are like superheroes.”

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