English Premiership

RVP at United for long haul

2013-09-16 15:27
Robin van Persie (AP)
Manchester - Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is eager to extend his contract with the 20-time English Premiership champions.

The Dutch striker joined the Red Devils in August last year from arch-rivals, Arsenal, on a deal worth £24m.

Van Persie was the reigning golden-boot winner at the time and in his maiden season with United finished on top of the goal scorers list with 26 goals.

According to the Sky Sports website, the 30-year-old target man insisted on winning more honours at the Theatre of Dreams in an interview with the club’s television station.

"I have three more years to go and I would like to stay longer,” Van Persie said.

"I want to play as long as possible at the highest level. Winning trophies is what it is all about." 

Although Van Persie had a tremendous season last year, he stressed that he should have guided United to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

United were eliminated by Real Madrid after the score ended in 3-2 aggregate in favour of the Spanish giants.

"It is probably my only regret about last year.

"The referee played an important part but I should have scored at least one or two goals in those games.

"I didn't, which I don't like. I have to improve on that. Hopefully we can do better this year."

Van Persie was on target alongside Wayne Rooney for United on Saturday in a 2-0 victory over the newly promoted side, Crystal Palace, at Old Trafford.

United’s next game will be at home against the German outfit, Bayer Leverkusen, in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Kick-off is at 20:45 (SA time).
 

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