‘Beyond expectations’: Manchester United’s Robin van Persie delighted after fans’ player of year vote

By Alex Bysouth

Manchester United top-goalscorer Robin van Persie has added to his first Premier League medal by bagging the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award.

The striker fired in 25 goals during United’s title hunt and claimed 41.5% of the vote to pip Michael Carrick to the fans’ award at the end-of-season awards ceremony at Old Trafford.

And the 29-year-old admitted his debut season had surpassed all expectations following his move from Arsenal last summer.

“I have to be fair – it’s beyond expectations,” he told the club website. “It made such an impact on me from day one, being involved with all the guys.

“The way they welcomed me made such an impact and, of course, to be able to work with Sir Alex and Mike Phelan and all the staff is more than a pleasure.

“Winning a trophy is fantastic, it’s great but the road to the whole trophy is maybe even nicer. Being together every day and working on details, getting better step-by-step, beating opponents and then the best feeling of all that is the result and the trophy.

But the Dutchman is not content with settling for one league medal and insists David Moyes’ Red Devils outfit will push forward and bring in more silverware.

“This whole year has been incredible,” he added. “I have to thank all the boys, the staff and the fans, who since day one, have been unbelievable.

“It’s been an honour. It’s made such a big impact on me and I’m still thrilled about what’s happened in the last 10 months or so. Hopefully, we can do even better, crack on and win even more trophies.

“If you look at the whole club, it’s full of winners. Everyone knows how to win and everyone works hard to win and I love that.”

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