Robin Van Persie Thread

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Name: Robin Van Persie

Date of Birth: 6 August 1983

Nationality: Dutch

Height: 6'0 ft

Weight: 71kg

Squad Number: 20


Van Persie signed for this great club in August 2012, for a fee of £22.5 million. He chose the squad number 20 after then coach Rene Meulensteen told him he would be difference in us landing our 20 league title. He scored his first goal, with his first shot versus Fulham and completed his first hat-trick against Southampton a month later, by inspiring us to a 3-2 victory. In his first season with the club, despite a barren spell of ten games without scoring, went on to win the Golden Boot. On top of that he won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award and was selected on the PFA Team of the Year. To top it off even further he also scored the goal on the season versus Aston Villa which can be seen below.




Last year Van Persie was hampered by injuries and illness. United were also struggling under new manager David Moyes and his form seemed to suffer a bit. Despite all this though, Van Persie still managed to score 18 goals in 28 appearances. It's simple really, when Van Persie plays you are guaranteed goals.


In this upcoming season, I fully expect him to be our number one star. His relationship with incoming manager, Louis Van Gaal, promises to be extremely positive for both parties. To top it all off, he is one of the firm favorites to be captain of the side. He is a fan favorite and in my personal opinion our best player.



18 Fun Facts You Might NOT Know About Robin


1. Born in Rotterdam, August 6, 1983, Van Persie grew up supporting Feyenoord and his childhood dream was to spend his career with his hometown club - even if his father says he wore an Arsenal shirt from the age of 11.


2. No wonder the Dutch master is such an artist on the pitch - his mother Josee Ras mother is a painter and jewellery designer and his father Bob is a sculptor.


3. His father claims that when Van Persie was a born a clairvoyant told him what his son would go on to achieve: "She told me that he would be in the Dutch national team, that he would be a king on the field."


4.  The 30-year-old’s sublime skills were honed on the streets of Kralingen on concrete courts with high-wire fencing known as the ‘cage.’


5. He played for Excelsior as a youth and is still held in high regard. The club have named a stand after him at their 3,500-capacity Stadion Woudestein in Rotterdam


6. His high school was Thorbecke Voortgezet Onderwijs which is where Feyenoord academy players study.


7. Even at the age of 13 Van Persie was tipped for stardom in his homeland with observers likening him to Holland legend Johan Cruyff.


8. He was originally a left winger, but was converted to a striker.


9. Endured a terrifying experience during an under-21 game between Feyenoord and Ajax when he and other players were attacked as hooligans invaded the pitch.


10. United could have signed Van Persie back in 2001 when Sir Alex Ferguson sent chief scout Jim Ryan to watch him - only for the teenager to be sent off. “Robin was only 16 or 17 at the time,â€� said Ferguson. “Jim said he was a fantastic talent, but felt that he was a little immature. At 16, we’re all immature, but we didn’t progress it, and then he went to Arsenal."


11. Van Persie is married to wife Bouchra and has two children - a son called Shaqueel and a daughter called Dina.


12. An all-round sportsman, he is a fan of darts and tennis, while he has a particular talent for table tennis.


13. He is a massive fan of the classic Al Pacino gangster movie Scarface.


14. As a youngster at Feyenoord he was once made to wait in line by Pierre van Hooijdonk when they both turned up for a massage that Van Persie had booked.


15. He ranks Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Marco van Basten as some of the major influences on his career.


16. Van Persie revealed that his son called him ‘Daddy Arsenal’ during his days as a Gunner, which could have posed some problems after his switch to United.


17. To continue the Arsenal theme, his father has a piece of artwork inside the Emirates Stadium made from old Arsenal magazines. Other works include instalments from telephone directories.


18. He had the choice of wearing the number 20 or 21 when he first moved to United. "The reason I took this shirt is because we’re all here to be champions this year and that would mean a 20th league title for Manchester United. That’s the main reason I took 20," he explained at the time.

Edited by peterswellman

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'Thanks for all your birthday wishes. 31!'



PICTURE: Robin van Persie celebrates 31st birthday with family


Van Persie thanked United fans for their birthday messagesand by the looks of it, his kids are doing their best Van Persie impressions of his goal against Spain.



As is customary for any United player, Van Persie was given the world’s worst birthday cake by the club.

“Thanks for the beautiful B-day cake from my favourite ladiesâ€

Luckily, United made sure to avoid a Yaya Toure scenario by also sending a birthday message out to Van Persie.

Edited by RVPred

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Great thread! ;)

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite players in the whole world, and the key to our success two years ago! Hope to see him 100% this year again, top top top world class striker when he's fit. The classiest one as well, for me.

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I hope he comes back playing a lot better than he did for Holland. Aside from the Spain game he was pretty dire.

He hasn't really let us down since he has signed. Well not in my eyes. He has a fantastic first season and was plagued with injury for the last. He has been great for his country on a whole, irrespective of the World Cup. That's gone now. I always get the feeling he will get a chance and put one away in every match regardless of how he plays.

If he can stay fit, he will revel in our new system.

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Can't imagine LVG really caring about this.





I agree, hopefully since he'll be playing week in and week out, with a formation that will have a second striker and us playing football better we'll have a platform to let him perform. In the World Cup I think he had a certain 'role' to play. Hopefully with Premier League football constantly he'll fit right in with the better build up play.

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He was poor today but at least he had two good chances that on another day would have been two goals but or a good save and a clearance off the line unlike "our world class talisman and captain" who did NOTHING all game 

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