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Van Persie: I’m surrounded by champions at United

by Sam Peoples

Robin van Persie scored two more goals today against Wigan to take his tally in the Premier League to 16 goals already. A typically classy curled finish and a well timed run into space led to his goals but van Persie isn’t taking any personal accolades.

Speaking to Manutd.com after the final whistle, van Persie was quick to praise the team surrounding him:

“This is a special team. Everybody wants to help each other. Everybody’s keen for everyone to score. Defenders are working their socks off for the midfielders, the midfielders are working for the strikers… everybody wants to run and everybody has one target in their mind.

“We have to look at it game by game but everybody wants to be champions. I feel that I’m surrounded by champions. They know how to win and that makes it really easy for me.”

In 25 appearances this season for Manchester United, he has been involved in 28 goals – 19 goals and 9 assists – a phenomenal return for such a short career at Old Trafford so far.

He continued: “[Javier and I] scored two goals each and he gave a really good pass for my first goal. It was a good goal because every single touch was the right touch, in my opinion.

“The first one was a little behind me and I had to drag it onto my left foot. That was a good touch. Then I waited for the guy to slide in, had a good touch inside and then a quick finish. Three touches but all good touches.”

“It was a very good performance we scored the goals at the right time,” van Persie said. “We’ve played Wigan twice this year and won 4-0 both times, so that’s good for goal difference.

A few voices questioned his hefty price tag considering the risks involved but those doubts are long forgotten in the wake of his blistering form. One thing is for certain, the Premier League won’t be decided on goal difference this year if van Persie has anything to say about it.

“Everybody’s helping each other and everybody wants to share the goals. Look at the last goal – Danny wanted to give the ball to me so I could score,” said van Persie. “Everybody’s like that. I’m like that, Chicha is like that… everybody wants to share the goals and that, in my opinion, is the way to score heaps of goals.

“Hopefully we can keep it going. We’ve had a couple of games where we’ve had high scores but we want to score even more goals because that could be vital come the end of the season.”

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