RVP delighted to end trophy curse with Manchester United switch
Robin van Persie claims he will be delighted to end the “pain” of missing out on silverware as Manchester United creeps closer to their 20th Premier League title. The Dutchman, who moved from Arsenal to Manchester United at the beginning of this season, can only boast about the 2002 UEFA Cup with Feyenoord and the 2005 FA Cup with Arsenal.
However, Robin van Persie looks set to celebrate his first league title in his first season at Manchester United. The Red Devils possess a massive 15-point lead on top of the table and with only 24 points remaining in the season; Manchester United has all but won the Premier League title.
The 29-year-old Netherlands international could even grab a double this season, but i.e. if Manchester United are able to defeat Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final replay on Monday. Robin van Persie, whose last goal came against Everton and has netted only once in the past 10 games, will have to be at his best against Chelsea in order to increase Manchester United’s chances of entering the semi-final stage of the FA Cup.
“That I'll probably win my first championship is very nice,” Robin van Persie told the Guardian. “I'm really thrilled about it. Not winning titles has given me quite some pain, and it has made me greyer.
“It still has to happen. We have to go to Sunderland and West Ham, and we have to play Chelsea [in Monday's FA Cup replay]. If we win, we play back-to-back against City in the league and the FA Cup semi-final.
“Then we have Stoke. These are not summer night games. I watched United drop the lead last season, but it's getting awfully close now and I'm really happy with that.”
Robin van Persie claims he draws his strength from Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand, who had been without any trophies or titles till he switched from West Ham to Manchester United in 2002.
“He told me there was a time he thought he'd never become a champion,” Robin van Persie sadi. “He was becoming totally crazy because of it. But he told me: 'If you get the first one... well man, that tastes so good and you only want more. That then becomes the standard, the only thing that counts. Anything less isn't good enough anymore'.
“Rio had to wait a long time before he became champion, and so have I.”