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Van Persie wants more trophies

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has admitted he has the taste for success after his triumphant first season with the Red Devils.

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The Dutch international joined the Old Trafford outfit at the start of the season from Arsenal and within the 12 months, had captured his first Premier League medal – a much improved ratio of silverware than his days under Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

And now that he has captured one medal, Van Persie is itching to add more to his, and United's, trophy cabinets.

"I want more now," Van Persie told Sky Sports. "I want more medals now because I now know how it feels. It gives you the taste for more. Hopefully next year we can win the double, or even more.

"It will be a new era and I am looking forward to it. It is part of our job. We have to deal with a new situation. That is how it is.

"First we can enjoy what we have achieved this year. Then you start to think about next season and, of course, we are looking forward to it.

"We have a new manager - maybe new players coming in. Wilfried Zaha is coming from Crystal Palace and there may be more, there may be some leaving, no-one knows.

"It is a challenge and everybody knows what our standard is. We want to win the league again and then, hopefully, add one or two trophies to that."

And the 29-year-old hailed the departing Sir Alex Ferguson as the catalyst behind his stellar start to life in the red half of Manchester.

"It has made such an impact on me that I couldn't see coming before I signed," he said. "He made it even more special than I thought it would be. Not only by his skills as a manager but by the way he is as a person, the way he works with his players and the honesty and the winning mentality. The word winning came along so many times in his meetings.

"It has only been a year but it has been a year of incredible impact on me which has meant so much. I am proud to have been able to work with him.

"I always thought he was a winner. If you are a winner and want to achieve things you sometimes have to be direct and tell the truth where it is needed but that is the way to win and so I wasn't surprised about him.

"But when you see him from an outside point of view you maybe see 20 per cent of Sir Alex. You see him on the touchline. You see him shouting at the referee, you see him wanting to win."

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