Manchester United will have to start their 2014-15 English Premier League season without star striker Robin van Persie, who is expected to miss the Old Trafford club's opening game on August 16 against Swansea because of a lack of training. (Van Gaal Warning for Manchester United Squad)
Van Persie, who is the leading goal-scorer for Netherlands in international games, had been given an extended break after Holland successfully made it to the semifinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He did not travel with his Man United teammates during their pre-season tour of the USA.
United boss Louis Van Gaal, who also manages Netherlands at the international level, said although Van Persie will return to training on Monday, he cannot start for the team until he regains full fitness.