Holland coach Louis van Gaal has heaped praise on Manchester United striker Robin van Persie. Van Gaal has been tipped to name Van Persie his captain at United.

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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