Robin van Persie has admitted it would mean the world to him if he can win the Champions League with Manchester United.
The closest that Van Persie has been to the trophy so far was as an unused substitute in the 2006 Champions League final that Arsenal lost 2-1 to Barcelona.
Last year, United were robbed in the clash against Real Madrid in the most controversial of circumstances but looking at this season, Van Persie’s desire to win the Champions League is burning as bright as ever.
“It would mean the world to me,” he told UEFA.
“Of course it’s a trophy many players don’t win; [you win it] once, if you’re very lucky. You have a couple of players who’ve won it more than once but it’s a very special trophy everyone wants to win every year.
“Only one team can win it, and it’s very hard. It seems to get harder every year to win it, because the teams are getting better and better. So it’s always hard if you want something everyone wants.”
For all of United’s inconsistencies in the Premier League this year, we have been fantastic so far in Europe.
Undefeated in six group stage games, we topped the group and earned a favourable tie against Olympiakos in the round of 16 which puts us in a great position to reach the quarter-finals.
On paper, United’s squad does not look strong enough to compete with the best in Europe but it also didn’t look strong enough to trounce Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in their own back yard, and we did that. David Moyes might be a rookie in the Champions League but so far he hasn’t shown it.
Van Persie got his wish of a Premier League medal in his first year at the club. Will he achieve his second wish this year? Unlikely, but we can dream too.