Robin van Persie has given a fascinating interview on his time at Manchester United to French magazine So Foot.
He gives a really interesting insight on his time at Old Trafford, what it was like behind the scenes, and working under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Van Persie was signed from Arsenal in a quite stunning move in 2012, and he went on to win the Premier League title in his first season.
His second year under David Moyes was not the same as United began to crumble without Fergie, but that first year really was special, and made it all worth it.
The Dutchman said his success was partly to do with coming into a strong structure in the dressing room.
He said: “In each team, there is a hierarchy, in Manchester it was clear, the bosses were Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Nemanja Vidić, Rio Ferdinand … These five were the bosses of the team. Everything that happened outside the field, they were the ones who regulated it.”
One of the keys to emulating this team’s success is trying to get back to this type of leadership. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is attempting to recreate this, but it will take time. Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic appear key figures at present.
Amazed by Scholes and Giggs
Van Persie added that he was taken aback to see the quality Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs possessed first hand, after training with the duo.
He said: “When I started to observe Paul Scholes’ choices in the little ball possession games, I realised the monster he was”
“Ryan Giggs when you looked at him, you wondered where the balloon went, and then (he snaps his fingers, note), everything fell into place in the right place as if by magic. It was particularly exciting to see them in training. Any player should look for an environment like this that pushes your limits.”
Van Persie had played against Scholes and Giggs countless times while at Arsenal, and yet he was still dazzled by them. That says a lot about the impact and quality they possessed, especially with both in the final stages of their careers.
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas talked up the same duo this week, selecting Scholes and Giggs in his greatest ever XI via Marca.
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