Van Persie clarifies post-match comments

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has apologised to his teammates following comments he made after Tuesday evening’s 2-0 Champions League last sixteen first leg defeat to Olympiakos, according to the Mirror.

The Dutch international had complained about his teammates running into areas he was supposed to be, but has insisted that his criticisms were aimed at himself.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star understands that David Moyes will not be punishing Van Persie for what was said.

Elsewhere, Juan Mata has been left out of Spain’s squad for their forthcoming friendly against Italy, leading to speculation that he may miss this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, according to ESPN.

The club’s record signing has 32 full international caps and was part of the squads that won both the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships two years later.

Finally, five Manchester United players have been named in England’s squad for their friendly against Denmark next Wednesday.

Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have all been included in the 30-man party, as has as yet uncapped left back Luke Shaw.

The 18 year old has strongly been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford, while Manchester City and Chelsea are also interested in securing his services.