Manchester United striker Robin van Persie says he lives for the buzz of winning and big games, but is terrified of retirement.

The Dutchman has been sensational in his first season at Old Trafford, already having notched scored 23 goals.

Van Persie was relatively quiet in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid last week but said it was the kind of game he joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s side for.

However, Van Persie is aware the buzz of top-level competition will not last forever and admits he worries about the future after his playing days are over.

“I love games like that. I really do. Huge games against the top teams when you don’t know what’s going to happen,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun.

“Where it is a thin line between winning and losing. I love the buzz, the excitement, the drama. I live for that.

“I just can’t imagine that day when I stop playing and it’s all over because I know I’ll miss the buzz so much. I’ll miss the big nights like this.”

The 29-year-old should not have to face up to the prospect of retirement for a few years yet and Manchester United fans will be glad of all the time they can get if he continues his current form.

Van Persie missed two good chances against Real Madrid in the first leg and will be determined to get on the scoresheet when Jose Mourinho’s side make the trip to Old Trafford in two weeks.

United are also 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League and, while Van Persie is excited, he is not getting carried away just yet.

“The way this season is going it feels like it could be very special,” he added.

“We’re in a great position in the league and hopefully we can go far in the Champions League this season. But first let’s focus on Real.”

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