Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed how former manager Louis van Gaal broke his own penalty rule during their spell at Old Trafford together.
The duo spent a year at Old Trafford having previously been close while working for the Netherlands.
Speaking to United’s official website he opened up on how Van Gaal would choose the club’s penalty taker, admitting his compatriot adopted a ‘harsh’ approach.
“Louis changed his rule to do a practice penalty shoot-out before every game,” he said.
“The one who took penalties before took it first and if you miss, you will then be number five as a penalty-taker.
“I was like ‘so if I miss once in training, I can’t take penalties anymore!? No, I don’t agree Louis, sorry! I’ve been taking penalties for you [for the Netherlands], I never missed and then you come with this rule?’
“He said he wanted us to feel the game stress and the game tension. I said that if I miss one penalty in training, it’s a bit harsh that I’m the number five on the list.
“After a couple of weeks, we did this again and I missed it in training.
“I looked at him and said ‘trust me, I will take a penalty if we get one tomorrow!’ He said ‘we will see about that!’ We actually got a penalty, I took it and I did score.”