“I have to thank my team-mates, the manager and coaches,” he said. “Rene Meulensteen and Mike Phelan are doing a fantastic job, then you have the manager with his speeches, which get us ready for the games. It’s just different class and I love it.
“Since day one everyone has been very helpful and happy to have me here. When you feel wanted by everyone, it gives you wings.
“I come to work with a big smile on my face and I believe that when you’re having a good time, things go your way, which is happening now.”
So much has been said about Sir Alex Ferguson in recent weeks in the build-up to his statue unveiling at Old Trafford. But it’s interesting to hear a new perspective on the boss from a player who is experiencing his managerial style relatively late in his career.
“The things he says have a big influence on the players, especially me, because they’re spot-on – he says the right things at the right moments,” van Persie revealed.
“He tells you how it is – it’s a bit Dutch as we like to be straight and honest too! If it’s good, he will say so; if it’s not good enough, he will tell you so you know you have to improve.
“One of the big strengths of this club is the attitude of the players and coaches. It’s just as important as what you have quality-wise.
“In the end it’s about winning and everyone here gives that message all the time. The game of football is about winning, no matter how – that’s why we’re playing.”