Holland coach Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United aren't close to signing Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

The Premier League starts next ­Saturday, with Arsenal welcoming Sunderland to the Emirates.

Holland's new boss Louis van Gaal said: "Robin will play his first game this Sunday. He has told me he is at least going to play 45­ ­minutes this weekend.

"It is a good job, because I almost had not selected him."