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Manchester United captain Robin van Persie has played down the significance of United's bad start to the season.

The Red Devils are yet to register their first Premier League win of the season but the striker believes this should not be blamed on new manager Louis van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation.

"It's plain and simple. The manager chooses his tactics," van Persie told The Daily Mirror.

"We, the players, have nothing else to do than to execute what the manager has in his mind.

"Tactics and formation are matters of the manager and his staff, not something the players must get involved in.

"We, the players, have not been educated as coaches. We are players, we play.

"I don't think we should even want to get involved in tactical discussions.

"As captain of Holland I may have the right to get involved in tactical discussions, but even there I choose not to. [Whether it's] 4-3-3, 3-5-2, nothing can be an excuse for another defeat."

"We have to adapt to every manager. There's not one way or method in football."

Manchester United will face Queens Park Rangers when the Premier League resumes this weekend with new signing Radamel Falcao expected to start on the bench.

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