Van Persie: I should have scored more goals

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie reflects positively on his return of 22 goals since joining from Arsenal in the summer, but feels he could - and should - have done even better.

Despite scoring in each of his last 11 games for the Red Devils in all competitions, the deadly Dutchman wants to improve his current conversion rate, by finishing off more chances created by his Old Trafford team-mates.

Van Persie was on the scoresheet again in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, maintaining his impressive start to his Manchester United career following a high-profile £24million move.

However, when pressed about how successful he has been playing with Sir Alex Ferguson's side, the 29-year-old surprisingly explained: "Not really well. It is going well but if you start to believe it's going well, you're going down.

"If I look at all those games I should have done better in most of them because I had more chances than just one chance and one goal.

"When I look back at those last 10 games it's a good step but to me it should have been 10 games, 14 or 15 goals. At least four or five I shouldn't have missed."

The Holland international's remarkably high standards might come as a surprise to some, but those who have trained and played alongside Van Persie, know exactly how much of a perfectionist he is.

Manchester United are reaping the rewards of the forward's consistently high level of performance, and currently sit proudly five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Since joining the club, Van Persie appears to have taken his game to the next level, and says that since moving to Old Trafford he has felt like a "kid in a sweet shop".

"Arsenal is a great club and I always had a really good feeling, but after eight years sometimes you feel that you need a new challenge," he continued. "I know why I went and I'm sure it's for good reasons.

"If you look at the last couple of months, it explains it all. I'm seeing things again that I didn't see for a long time. 

"When I first came to Arsenal years ago [in 2004], I saw things from [Dennis] Bergkamp and Thierry Henry I'd never seen in my life before. Now I'm seeing those things again and that makes me really happy. 

"It's like a kid in a sweet shop. It's like: 'Yes, this is nice, this is good, this is having fun, this is enjoying yourself.' All these little things added together make a big difference. It makes me feel that I'm surrounded by champions."

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