Manchester United Update : Manchester United August 2013

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Robin Van Persie, Man United

Manchester United Update : David Moyes

Last season’s top scorer Robin Van Persie scored two goals in the Community Shield and another two in United’s 4-1 Premiership Matchday 1 victory over Swansea. 

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'I hope he can get better,' said Moyes. 'With his experience he can.

'His goals on Saturday were top goals, scored by a top goal scorer, and in ways you can see the difference it makes.

'In terms of the performance of the team, we can play better. I thought his finishes made the difference.'

'I said to the players the other day: ''How many medals have you won?''.

'Giggsy had won 13, quite a few of them had won 5 or 6 and Robin said he’d only won one.

'So for me the challenge is for Robin to keep trying to win medals and I think he’s got it, I think he’s driven to do it, he wants to succeed.

'I’ve been really impressed by him in his training and commitment and in trying to improve himself.'

Moyes was asked if Van Persie was the best striker he had worked with.

'Look I worked with Wayne Rooney when he was a 16-year-old boy so I’ve got to say at the moment the way I’ve seen him, world class is sometimes used quite loosely but I think it’d be hard not to put him in that category that’s for sure.

'Is he better than I thought? Maybe, yeah.

'Some of his hold up play as well. We’re talking about his goals but the balls at Swansea when he got it into him were great. His hold up play was great and he brought people into the game for us as well.

'So he’s got an all round game and we want to keep supplying him and give him every opportunity to score.'

Danny Welbeck also scored twice at Swansea.

'I didn’t tell him to be selfish, it was more just that I hoped that he would get in more goal scoring positions.

'We’d keep saying to him to get in there. Actually he missed a few on the tour, he had a few chances to score in some of the games.

'But certainly the goal for England the other night will have helped him and I think Saturday’s goals will too.

'The first one I liked because it was a tap-in and the second one was, as I said him, the sort of finish of someone with confidence who’d scored 20 goals in the Premier League.

'I think sometimes you need a run and a bit of confidence and getting the goals. Sometimes you need to get into the right areas and maybe in the past he’s not wanted to get right in to get his goals.

'That’s why I think the first one was pleasing.'