Man Utd move justified with Premier League title, Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie claims he had no doubts about winning silverware in his debut season at Manchester United. The former Arsenal star celebrated his first Premier League title with Manchester United following victory over Aston Villa. The Dutchman, who has spearheaded Manchester United to their 20th league title, scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa as well.
The 29-year-old Netherlands international made a controversial decision to leave Arsenal last summer after going without any kind of silverware for seven seasons. Robin van Persie, who moved to Old Trafford for £22.5 million, admits he has been impressed by the hunger of silverware at Manchester United.
“I wouldn't have moved if I'd had doubts,” Robin van Persie told United Review. “Instead, from day one I was almost certain we would win trophies - not in a couple of years but this year.
“I saw the players in training. I saw the way they behaved, the way they lived, their mentality, the way the staff worked, the way the manager and the staff acted. When all those elements combine, you end up with a team of champions. It also helps when you have so many players who know how to win.”
Manchester United won the title at Villa Park, but they will have to wait for the home against Swansea City to actually lift the trophy.
“There were some great pictures taken after the Aston Villa game, but there was one thing missing from them all: the trophy,” Robin van Persie added. “That's the picture that will be framed in my house: me, lifting the Barclays Premier League trophy. I can't wait for that moment.”
Robin van Persie has settled well into Manchester United’s first team. His teammates have praised him for his all-round performance, especially on defending corners. The man who has 29 goals for Manchester United under his belt for this season, can often been found at the near post defending against corners of set-pieces.
“That's part of my job. I'm not judged on that by outsiders but, I can assure you, I'm judged on that by my team-mates and the manager,” Robin van Persie said. “That's something I've agreed to do for the team, so it's just as important as scoring goals. I have a very important role when it comes to defending corners, free-kicks and set-pieces. I love to do it, too.
“It gives me a buzz when I clear a corner with a nice header and then we launch a counter-attack. I'm not a player who only thinks about scoring goals - football has so much more to offer than just goals.”
Robin van Persie also talked about his two-month long absence from scoring sheets. The striker claims that during that period he acquired satisfaction from performing his defensive duties to the best of his capability.
“You get spells that don't go so well, when you don't score so many goals, and I had one of those this season,” Robin van Persie said. “Even so, I kept clearing headers from corner kicks, I cleared balls off the goal-line, I set up team-mates to score goals.”