Van Persie: Now I want more

Robin van Persie has no intention of settling for his single Premier League title winners’ medal.

By his own admission, the Dutchman had grown increasingly frustrated at his failure to add to the FA Cup he lifted with Arsenal at Manchester United’s expense in 2005.

It was one of the major reasons why the 29-year-old opted to make the £24m move to Old Trafford last summer.

The switch has paid off handsomely, with Van Persie landing both the championship and the Golden Boot for the second season running.

But Van Persie is not finished.

It might be the end of an era at Old Trafford following the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson but Van Persie is intending it to be the start of a new one under David Moyes.

“I am not thinking I have my medal and this is it,” Van Persie told MUTV.

“It tastes beautiful. But I know how it feels now and I want more.

“That is the idea of all the lads. It is a great feeling to achieve it. We can enjoy it.

“It only gives you the taste for more. Hopefully next season we can win the double.”

Pictures of the Arsenal outfit he left behind celebrating another top four finish underline the fundamental difference Van Persie felt at his old club.

For he wanted something more than just a tilt at the Champions League.

“I do think it is important for a player to win medals,” he said.

“You play football to win. If you add up all those wins it has to end up in a big trophy.”

Moyes travelled to Carrington for the first time this morning.

Until he heads on holiday at the end of the month, the 50-year-old will effectively be doing two jobs as there are still issues to tie up at Everton, who have yet to appoint the Scot’s successor.

Moyes travelled into Carrington with Ferguson and popular United kit manager Albert Morgan to meet some members of staff for the first time.

Although he does not officially start work until July 1, realistically, that start date is impractical as United head on tour on July 10 and return to pre-season training before then.

Moyes will also have to decide which areas of the present squad he needs to improve.

It is a tricky position for the outgoing Everton boss.

On one hand it would be natural for Moyes to insist on making his own mark, and having people he knows well around him.

On the other, the 50-year-old will be loath to unsettle a system that has proved to be so successful for so long.

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