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Van Persie returns to United training

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has returned to training a week after David Moyes was sacked by the club.

Van Persie suffered a knee injury after scoring a Champions League hat-trick against Olympiakos in March, prompting fears his season had come to a premature end. However, the club are no waiting to see whether he will be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash with Sunderland.

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The Dutchman, who has undergone treatment in his native Holland, is now working with his United team-mates again and could be available for interim manager Ryan Giggs' second game in charge.

Giggs said: "We'll just have to wait and see how he goes this week. He came back last Friday and he trained well. He just needs to work on his fitness now so, yeah, he looked great."

Van Persie has scored 17 goals in 25 goals for United in an injury-hit campaign but has not found the net in the Premier League since February. The striker endured a turbulent time playing under Moyes and publicly criticised the Scot's tactics after United's 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in February.

In March, Van Persie denied reports of a rift between him and Moyes as speculation mounted about his future at Old Trafford. Moyes later moved to insist his striker was not unhappy at the club before Van Persie stated he would commit his future to United.

Van Persie's swifter-than-expected return is also a boost for the Netherlands ahead of the World Cup. The 30-year-old is his country's 41-goal record scorer.

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