But for the smooth-talking Dutchman the best experience is how all these moments came together, resulting in United’s 20th – and his first – league title. “I have to say that winning a trophy is fantastic,” he adds. “It’s great but the road to the trophy is maybe even nicer. Being together every day and working on details, getting better step-by-step, beating opponents and then at the end of all that is the result and the trophy.”
With the new season creeping ever closer, van Persie's final message whets the appetite for what promises to be an enthralling, intriguing campaign under new boss David Moyes. “It’s been an honour and I’m still thrilled about what’s happened in the last 10 months or so,” he concludes. “Hopefully we can do even better, crack on and win even more trophies.”
In this month's issue...
Exclusive interview: Robin van Persie - The Dutchman's goes in-depth on his 20 favourite moments from 2012/13
Scholes by numbers - Boots hung up, IU looks at the numbers that prove Scholesy's legendary status
All kitted out - IU goes behind the scenes at the launch of the new 2013/14 home kit
Exclusive interview: Michael Keane - The young defender on his first United start and an excellent loan spell at Leicester