RVP not interested in putting his feet up

Striker Robin van Persie wants to play every game for Manchester United.

With the second leg of their Champions League tie against Real Madrid to come and a Premier League title within their grasp, the Dutchman could be forgiven for hoping for a day off tomorrow when United face Reading in the FA Cup.

But that is not the way the 29-year-old sees it.

“I have found out that when you play for Manchester United, every game is a big game,” he said.

“There are some extra-special matches – like when you play City or Liverpool in the Premier League and Real Madrid in the Champions League – but the so-called smaller games are important also because winning those games makes you champions.

“Personally, I love to play all of the games.

“You get into a rhythm. I get used to having a game every three days and when you don’t play for a week, it can take maybe 10 or 15 minutes to get your rhythm back.

“I want to play against Reading. I want to keep going, playing all of the games.

“I love the intensity of playing for United. It is great to be involved in huge games when you don’t know what is going to happen.

“You get more out of it when there is a thin line between winning and losing.

“I love the buzz, the drama, the excitement. I live for that. I can’t imagine the day when I have to stop playing. I know I will miss the buzz so much.”

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