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Van Persie expects van Gaal to revive spluttering Manchester United

BURNLEY, United Kingdom -- Robin van Persie insists troubled Manchester United will quickly turn the corner under new manager Louis van Gaal as they prepare to face Burnley on Saturday.

Van Gaal's disappointing start hit a new low in midweek as United suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at third tier minnows Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round.

Before that United lost their opening game of the season at home to Swansea City and drew 1-1 away to Sunderland last weekend.

But, lifted by United's British record 59.7 million pounds (US$98 million) signing of Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria, Dutch striker van Persie is confident that, despite a difficult start to life for his compatriot, there will be an upturn in fortunes in the near future.

"I think that everyone has faith and everyone believes in the staff and players," van Persie said ahead of Di Maria's expected debut at Turf Moor.

"We have great players, and it's just a matter of time before the points will start coming in.

"We've played two games and only picked up one point, we would have loved to have got six points but it didn't happen, so we have to bounce back.

"I worked with Louis van Gaal for two years, and he's clear in what he asks of each player in the team every day. So, where I can, I will help the other players.

"We dropped two points against Sunderland. If you go in front after 15 minutes or so, we should have at least held on to that for longer.

"We were a bit too sloppy in possession, and in that sense we made it too hard for ourselves."

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