Van Persie ready for trophy presentation
Robin van Persie cannot wait to get his hands on the Premier League trophy.
By the time Manchester United receive their prize following next Sunday's final home game against Swansea, it will be three weeks since the victory over Aston Villa that clinched the success. That Van Persie scored a hat-trick that night is fitting given the 29-year-old's contribution has been widely acknowledged as the key to United's 20th championship.
For a player who left Arsenal to compete for major honours rather than a battle to retain a place in the top four, it means next weekend cannot come quickly enough. "It is the feeling you dream of," Van Persie told United Review.
"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."
It did seem something of a gamble for both player and club to make such a significant switch last summer. However, it did not take Van Persie, nor manager Sir Alex Ferguson, long to realise they had made exactly the right move.
"I wouldn't have moved if I'd had doubts," he said. "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."
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. 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."