country reach the 2010 World Cup final, where they were defeated by Spain.
He also lifted the 2002 UEFA Cup with Feyenoord after a 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund, and won the FA Cup three years later when the Gunners defeated United on penalties in Cardiff. He came off the bench and successfully converted one of the spot-kicks past Roy Carroll but, aside from a Community Shield, it remained the only team silverware he won with Arsenal.
He announced himself to the Old Trafford faithful in explosive fashion, netting a sublime goal on his home debut in the win over Fulham in August 2012. A hat-trick away to Southampton followed, as did further strikes away at Liverpool and Chelsea, and against former club Arsenal. Robin endured a temporary dry spell in front of goal between February and April, but he still made an important contribution in the goal-creating stakes. His superb hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Villa in April 2013 not only earned him United's Goal of the Season prize, it clinched the championship for the Reds.
Van Persie's second season at the Theatre of Dreams was disrupted by injury and he made just 28 appearances, but the goals kept coming - 18 of them in