Robin van Persie predicts Premier League title for Man Utd
It might be slightly early to make such statements, but Robin van Persie has confidently tipped Manchester United to win their second successive Premier League title. The Dutch striker, who scored two goals that helped beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 in the Community Shield, hailed Manchester United as favorites for the domestic league title.
The 30-year-old Netherlands international scored on a header and a deflected shot to allow his manager David Moyes to lift his first silverware at Manchester United. Moyes admits his start hasn’t been exactly a dream-start, but he is confident about achieving more success at Manchester United.
“We're doing really well, and I believe in this team,” Robin van Persie told ITV1. “We are the champions and, based on that, we are clear favorites. I believe that we will compete until the end again.”
Manchester United have endured a turbulent summer, marred with defeat to mediocre teams. Defeats in Asia and in Rio Ferdinand’s tributary match have put Moyes under great scrutiny. The ongoing speculation about Wayne Rooney’s potential exit has also become big reason of concern.
Robin van Persie claims he came to Manchester United to play beside Rooney, who has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea. The Dutchman also said that he was prepared to give his full concentration to Manchester United.
“It's a great day for the fans, for us and for the manager as well,” Robin van Persie said. “ All of us. One day, one game and we've won a trophy, so it's good. I'm really glad for everyone.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s playing legend Ryan Giggs showered praise upon Robin van Persie. Giggs admitted he had great admiration for Robin van Persie and hoped he would be able to replicate the form he showed last season.
“The first goal's a brilliant goal. The timing was brilliant, and it was a great start for us,” Robin van Persie said. “We hope Robin can produce the form that he showed last year.”
Manchester United showed poor defensive form during the preseason, but were relatively impressive against the Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield.
“It was a very professional performance,” Giggs said. “We were a bit disappointed pre-season, letting a few goals in, so the main objective was to get a clean sheet. We wanted to do that as a team. Work hard, get behind the ball, and I think we did that.”