Van Persie hails team spirit

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has spoken about the 'unbelievable' team spirit that led them to the Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson's final year in charge at Old Trafford.

Last Updated: 18/05/13 at 16:11 Post Comment

Robin van Persie: Title winner

Robin van Persie: Title winner

Van Persie has played a key role in United's success this season following his arrival from Arsenal last summer.

The 29-year-old will be crowned Golden Boot winner for the second season running on Sunday, barring Gareth Bale smashing the Premier League record for most goals in a game on the final day.

But the Dutchman insists United's campaign has been based on a strong team ethic rather than individual excellence.

"This team is unbelievable," Van Persie told MUTV. "Every team of champions starts with a good atmosphere and the idea that every single person wants to share success and everybody wants to play their part in it.

"That is how you achieve big things and win trophies. It is like a puzzle that needs to add up so that in the end, the final puzzle means trophies."

It has not been plain sailing for United, though. Defeat on the opening day to an Everton side inspired by United's next manager David Moyes was not in the script, losing at Norwich was also an unexpected setback and, yet again, United were beaten on home soil by Manchester City in the derby.

The latter loss did not matter though. For United's form was largely superb, with Van Persie scoring a succession of key goals that allowed them to build an advantage over their main rivals that left them so far in front it was impossible to pull back.

"It is a long road," said Van Persie. "You do not win it in one week, it is over a whole year when you have to overcome lots of difficulties in games.

"We work day-in, day-out on stuff you want to achieve in the game. If, in the end, you win the Premier League it is a massive feeling.

"It is not a tournament. You play 38 games, so to win it after 34 says it all. It shows that we were the ones who deserved to win it."

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