Speaking after the forward netted against Ecuador in a pre-World Cup friendly van Gaal was full of praise for his star man.
"He plays very well," he said. "Now he is coming from a bad injury and he scores a fantastic goal - unbelievable - and he was pressing, so I was happy with him, but he is also a good captain".
When asked to elaborate on why that is, the 62-year-old couldn't hide his admiration.
"Always, you make a player captain when you have more or less the same philosophy, not only about football tactics but also about life," he added.
"So I think that's very important. I believe that Van Persie and Van Gaal [have] the same philosophy."
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