Van Persie hails 'special' coaches

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Robin van Persie says it's a 'special' feeling being one of the only players to have worked under both Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

After the Dutch international completed his £24million move from Arsenal to Manchester United in the summer, the 29-year-old joined an exclusive list of individuals to have represented both Premier League rivals.

Only Van Persie and French defender Mikael Silvestre - who swapped Old Trafford for the Emirates Stadium in August 2008 - have actually played under the current bosses, making the transfer of last season's Golden Boot winner even more distinctive.

Reflecting on his time in England, the United striker reveals he has good memories of all of the coaches he has worked under, but says the experience of having been managed by both Ferguson and Wenger is a particular honour.

"I have had special coaches all in their own way," he told OnsOranje, the official fanclub of the Dutch FA. "(Bert) van Marwijk, Wenger, (Marco) van Basten, Ferguson. Piece by piece they are special.

"I think I have been (one of) the only players ever who has worked under Wenger and Ferguson. That's special."

With four goals in his first three games for his new club, Van Persie has wasted little time in settling in at United, and is looking forward to a long and prosperous career at Old Trafford.

However, he remains acutely aware at the need to continue working hard, in order to bounce back from any future set-backs, like he has done before.

"A career won't be always a bed of roses. You have disappointments," he said. "Look at my missed penalty kick against Southampton last Sunday. That is what you call a disappointment.

"Taking a penalty kick in that way when you are 2-1 behind. That's just bad. I couldn't explain it, not even to myself. And what you do next? Do you stay disappointed? Or are you going to hunt, and get over it?

"In the game I put it behind me, thankfully. Many people can get swept up after something like that. It's happened to me (before) and it's all over then.

"Someone who is 18 years old wouldn't score two times after it. I wouldn't have done a couple of years ago. You have to be lucky, but you also have to force it."

Robin Van Persie
Premier League
Manchester United

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