RVP: I'm a better player at United

Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is relishing his time with the Red Devils and claims that he has become a better player since joining the club.

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Van Persie has undoubtedly been one of the shining stars of this season's Premier League; the Dutch international currently leads the goalscoring charts with 18 goals to his name and his fantastic displays on the pitch have helped the Red Devils to the top of the table.

And the 29-year-old, who joined United from Arsenal during the summer, believes he has made tremendous improvements as a player since signing for the club.

"It's gone as well as I've expected it to go," Van Persie was quoted as saying by the Sun.

"I go into work every day whistling - as from the first day they've made me feel welcome.

"The boys made me feel right at home. Training is really good and I see things I've not seen in a long time.

"It is a very pleasant environment to work in.

"Every day I work on new things. I have become alert to small details that make me better."

Van Persie also hailed United coach Rene Meulensteen and pinpointed the 48-year-old as a huge reason for his improvement.

"The way he trains is refreshing, he is truly one of the best coaches in the world," Van Persie gushed.

"I've had a lot of good trainers, but it's the way he prepares our team for games.

"Every match is different so every training session in build-up is unique.

"We know exactly what to expect. He wins points for us through his training. We've won a lot of games by the odd goal - they are point winners.

"Consider the game against Chelsea. I scored after a low cross from Antonio Valencia on the right.

"It might seem like a fluke, but the whole week before the game was spent working on that move.

"Another example is my goal against Wigan when I cut the ball inside and shot with my right foot - again this was a situation we trained on."

Van Persie, who has had his fair share of struggles with injuries throughout his career, has not suffered a major injury this season, and the former Feyenoord player remains hopeful that those dark days are firmly behind him.

"This run of games without getting injured has only made me stronger," Van Persie added.

"But I don't want to talk about it, touch wood. I feel better and fitter. Really fit.

"In the last week I played Wednesday and Saturday.

"In those games I played with ease. I feel fit and recover quickly as lightning."

With United set to face La Liga champions Real Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League, Van Persie admitted that he was looking forward to the challenge and expressed his belief that his side were more than capable of progressing to the next stage.

"The match against Madrid is the icing on the cake for every footballer," Van Persie mused.

"It will be my first game at the Bernabeu - and I'm really looking forward to it.

"It will be a very nice challenge with the group of players we have.

"Manchester United are a big club and being in the last 16 is already beautiful even without the prospect of playing Real Madrid."

Van Persie will likely feature for United when they take on Everton in their next Premier League fixture.

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