Robin van Persie is April’s Premier League Player of the Month
3 May 2013Last updated at 14:09 GMT
Robin van Persie, recently overlooked for two major awards, has been named as Barclays Player of the Month for April.
The Manchester United striker was second to Gareth Bale for the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year earlier this week.
Bale also fought off Van Persie to land the PFA Player of the Year award.
The Dutchman’s six goals in April helped United to secure their 20th league title with four games to spare.
Van Persie, 29, has hit 25 league goals since moving from Arsenal for £24m last August.
His hat-trick in the 3-0 win against Aston Villa on 22 April saw United clinch the title ahead of Manchester City, who tried to sign Van Persie last summer.
Earlier this season, City boss Roberto Mancini said his failure to land Van Persie was the difference between the two teams in the title race.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: “I remember Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying to me ‘he’s better than you think’ when we concluded the deal. He was right.”
Robin van Persie is the only player in Premier League history to score 11 or more away goals in three different seasons.
RVP at his new football home, Man U
Van Persie: The little boy inside me screamed ‘Manchester United!’
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie insisted that there were no hard feelings between him and former club Arsenal after completing his move between the two sides.
At his press conference unveiling, it was revealed that Van Persie would be taking the No.20 shirt for the coming campaign, after Fabio vacated it after he moved to QPR on a season-long loan deal this summer.
The Dutch international and current PFA Player of the Year was keen to explain his reasoning behind the controversial switch, insisting that there was no ill will between Arsenal and himself, but that he simply couldn’t turn the chance down.
”From my side and Arsenal’s side, there is no hard feeling. No one is angry with me and I’m not angry with them,” Van Persie told reporters.
”Arsenal are part of my life. They’ve been great to me. We didn’t agree on the future - that’s life.
"When I have to make tough decisions in my life I listen to the little boy inside me. That little boy was screaming ‘Manchester United’"
"Manchester United breathes football. This club is the perfect match for me."
After seeing the club pipped to the title last term by local rivals Manchester City, Van Persie indicated that he was keen to rise to the challenge of playing for the club alongside players that he’s admired from afar for years.
"For me it’s a big challenge to do it together with the players here. Every single one is very helpful. It’s like a family club.
"This is the biggest challenge for me In my football life.
""Wayne Rooney is a world class player. Scholes & Giggs are world class and have proved it for 20 years. They had a big impact.
"This is a big challenge for me, which I’m looking forward to. I am proud to be here & look forward to achieving big things.”
Robin van Persie has arrived in Manchester for his medical
Meanwhile, in Belgium, RVP starts on the bench as Louis van Gaal prefers Klaas Jan Huntelaar up top in first game in charge of Holland.