Robin van Persie hailed Manchester United’s away supporters following his brace in Monday night’s 2-1 win over Southampton at St Mary’s.
The Netherlands international, whose below-par performances have been heavily criticised since the start of the season, produced his best display of the campaign so far against Ronald Koeman’s side - scoring a goal either side of half time to help the Red Devils secure their fifth consecutive league victory.
The Red Devils’ faithful blasted out a rendition of “Oh, Robin van Persie!” - which delighted the Dutch striker, who hasn’t heard his song sung on too many occasions since the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
Van Persie hails 'unbelievable' fans
“They (the supporters) were unbelievable,” Van Persie told MUTV. “I just want to say that it felt like the old days – like two years ago. It was a really special day, and they were unbelievable.
“I just want to say that it felt like the old days – like two years ago. It was a really special day, and they were unbelievable." - Robin van Persie.
“I want to thank them because I know they’ve been travelling from all over England, maybe some from abroad. It’s a long journey. Thanks everyone for coming – you are absolutely amazing.
“My first away game against Southampton for United two-and-a-half years ago was a special one, but I think today was a good one as well."
Van Persie admits United were lucky
Despite securing all three points, Manchester United were not at their best against the south-coast club, who were a little unfortunate to lose the match.
Van Persie admitted that United “nicked” all three points - but believes the visitors deserved their good fortune due to the hard work they put in on the pitch.
“Everyone gave absolutely everything and in the end we nicked it,” Van Persie admitted in his post-match interview. “It was a tough game; they (Southampton) have a good team, so we knew what to expect – we’ve been training on it all week. In the end, it’s our fifth straight victory, so we are on the way up.”
Van Persie feeling fitter
The 31-year-old also revealed that he feels physically fit for perhaps the first time since the World Cup finals in Brazil, where he scored four goals for the Oranje, who finished the tournament in third place.
“I’ve been feeling very well over the last couple of weeks,” the former Arsenal captain revealed. “Physically, I can make my runs over and over again. I had a feeling that it was coming. Last week, I was thinking against Stoke that I had a really good feeling; I was feeling fit.
“Although I had a good feeling, not everything came together in that game. Today, overall, we can be happy and I can be happy as well. I can play 90 minutes easy and every time it gets easier – tonight as well. I could keep going in the last minutes and that’s what you want. Then the goals, assists and wins will come. I just have to keep it going and play more.”
Van Persie now has his sights set on Manchester United’s match against fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday afternoon - and is determined to help the Red Devils, who currently sit third in the Premier League table, make it six wins out of a possible six.
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