Robin van Persie has rejected claims he is not happy working under new Manchester United manager David Moyes. Van Persie has not scored since. Indeed, he has barely had a chance of note in the draw with Chelsea and defeat at Liverpool on Sunday, where his only opportunity came near the end, which he slid into the side-netting. And reports have emerged claiming Van Persie is not too impressed with Moyes’ methods. But the 30-year-old Dutchman insists the stories are false. “It’s great working with the new manager David Moyes,” Van Persie told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “He has his own style and methods and I like them. “I’m happy with Moyes’ style. He does his own training sessions, he’s close with the players and, with his staff, prepares us very well for the next opponent. That keeps us in shape. “Luckily, winning the title last year gave us the hunger for more.” Van Persie was United’s big acquisition last year, but Moyes, who succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm at the start of the summer, almost missed out on a star signing this time. In the end United managed to recruit Belgium international Marouane Fellaini from Everton in the final minutes before the transfer window closed, bolstering their midfield options, but they missed out on targets including Leighton Baines, Ander Herrera, Cesc Fabregas, Sami Khedira and Fabio Coentrao. So eager were United to land Fellaini that they ended up paying £27.5million – £4million more than if they had exercised an option in the player’s contract which expired at the end of July. Golden Boot winner in the last two seasons, Van Persie collected his first Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge. The Dutchman started this campaign well too, netting both goals in United’s Community Shield win over Wigan and another double in the comfortable opening-day triumph at Swansea. Press Association
USC made it to the regional round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, but now face have the challenge of adjusting to a new coach. Photo by Alexandra Ting | Daily TrojanThe USC women’s volleyball team named Brent Crouch as the team’s next head coach on Tuesday.Crouch formerly served as head coach for the University of Portland’s women’s volleyball team since 2014.Mick Haley, who served 17 years as the head coach of the Trojans, was let go a week after the Women of Troy were narrowly defeated in a five-set contest against No. 3 Florida Gators in the regional title match. Haley led the Trojans to 17 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament and compiled an overall record of 435-119, including a 25-10 mark this past year. Haley led the Trojans to two NCAA championships in 2002 and 2003 and won AVCA Coach of the Year in 2003. Crouch, meanwhile, served as the head coach of the Portland Pilots for four seasons. He led the team to a resurgent four years, following a winless season. The Trojans will be counting on Crouch to turn the Trojans back into championship contenders as well.Crouch took over Portland in 2014 following a 0-27 season in 2013. He led the team to a 7-23 record in his debut season and to a 16-15 and 17-13 record the two next seasons.This last year, Crouch led the Pilots to a 15-15 record as the team suffered numerous injuries that dogged the team throughout the season. His overall record with Portland stands at 55-66. Prior to his stint in Portland, Crouch also served as an assistant coach for the St. Mary Gaels women’s volleyball and as a head coach for the Gaels’ beach volleyball squad. Crouch also has experience working with the U.S. Volleyball program and the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team.USC hopes Crouch can continue Haley’s run of success as he inherits a talented team with All-American outside hitter Khalia Lanier, and four starters returning for the 2018 season.