Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Van Persie eyes further success

Robin van Persie, centre, won both the Premier League and the Golden Boot at Manchester United this season

Robin van Persie has no intention of resting on his single Premier League title winners' medal.

By his own admission, the Dutchman had grown increasingly frustrated at his failure to add to the FA Cup he lifted with Arsenal at Manchester United's expense in 2005. It was one of the major reasons why the 29-year-old opted to make the £24million move to Old Trafford last summer.

The switch has paid off handsomely, with Van Persie landing both the championship and the Golden Boot for the second season running, but the former Arsenal man told MUTV: "I am not thinking I have my medal and this is it. It tastes beautiful. But I know how it feels now and I want more."

It might be the end of an era at Old Trafford following the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson but Van Persie is intending it to be the start of a new one under David Moyes, adding: "That is the idea of all the lads. It is a great feeling to achieve it. We can enjoy it. It only gives you the taste for more. Hopefully next season we can win the double."

Pictures of the Arsenal outfit he left behind celebrating another top four finish underline the fundamental difference Van Persie felt at his old club. For he wanted something more than just a tilt at the Champions League.

"I do think it is important for a player to win medals," he said. "You play football to win. If you add up all those wins it has to end up in a big trophy."

Moyes was at Carrington for the first time on Monday morning. Until he heads on holiday at the end of the month, the 50-year-old will effectively be doing two jobs as there are still issues to tie up at Everton, who have yet to appoint the Scot's successor.

Moyes travelled to Unite'd's training ground with Ferguson and popular United kit manager Albert Morgan to meet some members of staff for the first time. Although he does not officially start work until July 1, realistically, that start date is impractical as United head on tour on July 10 and return to pre-season training before then.

Michael Carrick is excited about the arrival of Moyes, saying: "As players we are embracing the challenge. For so long we have had the stability of knowing what to expect. We could turn up for pre-season and know how we would be preparing.

"There are going to be certain things that are new. But many will stay the same of course because there is a structure there and there is not a lot wrong. We are all looking forward to it. We are looking forward to the new manager coming in, working with him, improving as a squad and taking the club forward."

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