Van Persie: It'll be special

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is keen to finally get his hands on the Premier League trophy.

Last Updated: 06/05/13 at 11:18 Post Comment

Robin van Persie is relishing holding the Premier League trophy

Robin van Persie is relishing holding the Premier League trophy

The Dutchman's goals helped the Red Devils to the title in his first season at Old Trafford, and he admits that lifting the prize will be one of the biggest moments of his life.

Van Persie told United review: "It is the feeling you dream of. Everything is about lifting the trophy.

"There were some great pictures taken after the Aston Villa game, but there was one thing missing from them all; the trophy.

"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."

On choosing to leave Arsenal for United, the 29-year-old added: "I wouldn't have moved if I'd had doubts.

"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."

Floating

This season's triumph ends a quest for league honours that began at Feyenoord, when Van Persie was an 18-year-old and started the Dutch outfit's UEFA Cup final win over Borussia Dortmund.

"As a youth player I was used to winning trophies, right through from Under-12s to Under-18s," he said.

"Won won the UEFA Cup at Feyenoord three months after I started and I remember thinking 'Okay, this will happen every year'.

"But I've realised it is not that simple.

"I had to wait a long time to be a champion but it tastes lovely. I feel like I am floating on a cloud."

Van Persie missed out to Gareth Bale in the voting for the PFA and FWA awards which he collected last season.

As consolation it seems certain Van Persie will end up with the Premier League Golden Boot for the second year running.

Although Bale has an extra game to play, he is presently five adrift of Van Persie's 25 goals, with Luis Suarez now out of the race due to his 10-game suspension.

Not that Van Persie regards the Golden Boot prize as a personal honour anyway.

"In a way, it is not an honest award," he said. "Even if you end up with the most goals in a season, those goals are the team's goals and many will have been made possible by other players.

"They should make a Golden Boot for the whole team.

"It would be nice (to win it), but the main thing for me was to win the league.

"Even if I'd scored half the number of goals and we'd won the league I would still have been happy."

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