Man Utd crowned Premier League champions 20th time – Ferguson hails “big-impact player” RVP
Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United to their 20th Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday night. The Old Trafford boss showered praise upon all of his players, yet he reserved special praise for his Dutch star Robin van Persie.
The Manchester United manager claims no player under his tenure has left a greater mark on his title-winning team than Robin van Persie has accomplished this season. Robin van Persie in all his grandeur scored a brilliant hat-trick to help Manchester United get crowned as the champions of England once again.
Another hat-trick means Robin van Persie has now scored 28 goals since moving from Arsenal following a £24 million bid from Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson compared Robin van Persie to Manchester United legends such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ryan Giggs.
The Scotsman declared that in matters of making an impact Robin van Persie has beaten all of the Manchester United legends produced under his reign.
“In terms of impact I think he has made as big an impact as any I can imagine. Cantona was a big-impact player I'm very lucky I've got some amazing strikers,” Sir Alex Ferguson said.
Sir Alex Ferguson stated that he now understands why Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was reluctant to sell Robin van Persie. Sir Alex Ferguson also revealed that Arsene Wenger had told him to expect Robin van Persie better than he imagined the Dutch to be.
“I think Robin is such a great player for Arsenal and when great player became available and you feel United should have him you have to go for him,” Sir Alex Ferguson added.
“I think we had an expectation of him - his performance last season was incredible. I remember Arsene saying 'he's a better player than you think.' I knew he could gel into the team.”
Meanwhile, Robin van Persie basked in glory of his first Premier League title. The striker chose to remain humble after Sir Alex Ferguson jokingly labeled one of his goals as “the goal of the century”.
“It didn't really matter who scored as long as we won this game and we did win this game,” Robin van Persie told Sky Sports 1. “From the first minute everyone played well and everyone wanted it. It was a great to score so early and it was a fantastic game of football.
“I'm very happy but it's weird. I had to wait for so long for my first title and it's a great feeling.”