Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has admitted that he is over the moon, not the blue one, that he is to be crowned a champion after the final home match of the season on Sunday against Swansea City. With Arsenal the Dutchman has never lifted the Barclays Premier League, only the FA Cup in 2005 and the FA Community Shield in 2004. The newly crowned champions will be celebrating at Old Trafford after they have been presented the Barclays Premier League trophy.
Robin’s hat-trick against Aston Villa at Old Trafford just over two weeks ago secured the title for United, as City has slipped to a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur ans United had that chance to end it all with four matches to play. The Dutchman said:
“There were some great pictures taken after the 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 Premier League trophy. I can’t wait for that moment.
“I’ve had to wait a long time to be a champion and it’s even nicer than I thought, it tastes lovely.
“I feel like I’m floating on a cloud. This is the feeling you dream of. Everything is about lifting the trophy.”
When van Persie started his career with Feyenoord in Holland, he wanted winning trophies to be a regular occurrence, just like any other player, but unfortunately they seem to have eluded him. He won the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord back in 2002, adding the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2005 and apart from the FA Community Shield the year before, he’s won nothing else since as a player. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t tried. He continued by saying:
“As a youth player I was used to winning trophies, right through from Under-12s to Under-18s. We won the UEFA Cup at Feyenoord three months after I started and I remember thinking ‘OK, this will happen every year’.
“I won the Dutch Cup the next year but I’ve realised since then that it’s not that simple.
“But from day one at United I was almost certain we’d win trophies — not in a couple of years but this year.
“I saw the players training, I saw the way they behaved. the way they lived, their mentality, the way the staff worked, the way the manager and staff acted. When all those elements combine you end up with a team of champions.”
Robin could add to his Barclays Premier League winners medal with the Golden Boot, he is currently the top scorer with 25 goals, but a late flurry of goals from Gareth Bale sees the Welshman just five goals behind the prolific Dutchman. Robin said:
“Even if I’d scored half the number of goals and we’d won the league I’d have been happy.
“But the Golden Boot would be a bonus.”
Robin has only scored once in front of the faithful Stretford End at Old Trafford, and has one more chance to at least double that figure this season. It doesn’t matter where you score at Old Trafford, but it is always nice to score in front of the Stretford End. There is always next season! Robin continued by saying:
“I don’t know why, I don’t understand it.
“I want to score more goals there. In fact, I promise I will score more goals at the Stretford End.”
Since United secured the title against Aston Villa, they have only won one point from two matches and the Dutchman, along with the rest of the squad want to end the season in style with wins against Swansea City at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, followed by a win against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on the final day of the season.
“After winning the league we had a couple of days to celebrate but then it was a case of going back to normal. We haven’t trained any differently since.
“We know we’ll finish the season as champions — but we also want to finish it playing like champions.”
By Paul Bienkowski
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