RVP: I'm not Robin van Persie - I'm an Indian IT consultant

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Robin van Persie's title sealing hat-trick for Manchester United on Monday night encouraged supporters of the club to rush to Twitter to congratulate their centre-forward on his starring role.

Revelling in the clinching of a 20th league crown, United fans tweeted their hero to offer him their praise and thanks for a season in which the Dutchman has scored 28 goals in all competitions.

The majority of these well wishes, however, ended up not being sent to the Manchester United striker, but a middle-aged IT consultant from India by the name of Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad.

Prasad is the owner of the Twitter handle @RVP - the acronym used by fans to refer to Robin van Persie - and the New Delhi based 52-year-old found himself the recipient of thousands of tweets meant for his esteemed namesake.

Having received a deluge of tweets on Monday, Prasad attempted to steer the love from Van Persie away from himself, explaining he was an India-based telecoms and infotech expert rather than a Premier League footballer.

"RVP is the account of Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad, a telecom & infotech consultant in India. RVP is NOT the account of Robin van Persie," he tweeted desperately during the encounter at Old Trafford.

He added: "This is NOT the Twitter account of Robin Van Persie. Please do NOT mention @rvp if you mean Robin Van Persie."

This, however, failed to do the trick and, in fact, attracted yet more tweets accepting that he was not Van Persie, but congratulating Prasad on Manchester United's 13th Premier League crown regardless.

Prasad, though, is finding the whole thing tiresome, and hopes Manchester United fans will give him a break the next time Van Persie finds himself in the goals again.

"I'm a fan of Robin van Persie, so I understand people wanting to congratulate him, and most of the messages or mentions are nice," Prasad told BBC News.

"But it's a real nuisance for me. I keep having to tell everyone I'm not Robin van Persie and blocking unwanted followers," he says.

He added: "I've written on Manchester United's and Robin van Persie's Facebook and Twitter accounts too, but never received a reply."

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