van Persie: I'm still learning new things from Giggs and Scholes
He has made light of the pressures that came with his £24m price tag by scoring 18 league goals already for Manchester United - but it seems Robin van Persie still isn't satisfied.
The Dutch striker, who added to his impressive haul by scoring United's goal in the 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur today, is annoyed at himself for not finding the net more than he has.
His first-half goal at White Hart Lane means Van Persie has scored against 13 of United's 19 opponents in the Premier League so far this season since his transfer from Arsenal.
In addition, he has scored twice in the Champions League and grabbed a crucial late equaliser against West Ham in the FA Cup third round.
But Van Persie is modest about his achievements so far.
'Yeah, it is a good start. But if I look at other's games, I should have done better in most games because I had more chances than just one chance and one goal,' he told Sky Sports.
'It is going well but I always think that if you start to believe it's going well you are going down.
'So when I look back at the last 10 games it is a good start, but to me it should have been 10 games and 14 or 15 goals [instead of 10] because I had at least four or five 100 per cent chances I shouldn't have missed.
'I remember them. It is a good start don't get me wrong but it can be better, let me put it that way.'
Van Persie reflects with fondness on his time with Arsenal, where he scored 132 goals in 277 appearances, but accepts that the moment was right to move on to United and challenge for trophies.
He said: 'It was just time, I think Sir Alex said it last week, he said literally that 'Robin is here at the right time, the right moment and the right club.' I do feel that.
'I do feel that this is exactly the right timing of being here. I don't think it was better to come here earlier. I think everything went this way for a reason.
'For example, when I extended my deal a couple of years ago with Arsenal I did feel that was the right move, to stay and to play because I wasn't finished there.
'Now, since last summer, I had a great feeling to go for a big challenge, and this was the biggest challenge for me so far.'
The Holland striker, 29, added: 'And every day just tells me that I made the right move. It's not something bad about Arsenal, because Arsenal stays a great club and no-one is bigger than the club.
'You've seen lots of big players leave Arsenal football club, and Arsenal always stays a big club. And Arsenal will always compete for trophies and will be up there.
'But after eight years I was just ready to move on, and try something else.'
Despite having the experience of nearly 400 matches and 71 international caps behind him, Van Persie says he is still learning new things from his new United teammates.
'I'm really enjoying myself. I'm seeing things again, like small things which people don't see from the outside, which really makes me happy,' he said.
'For example, playing five against two in the box, and being with Scholsey [Paul Scholes] and with Giggs, and the choices they make in the box is just incredible.
'Scholesy has sort of a way when the ball goes up to head it. It’s like he’s going that way (right) when the ball is actually going that way (left), and every single one goes into this trick. Every single time.'
While the rediscovery of his lust for learning the game has come as a surprise, there's no shock over which moment Van Persie picked as his favourite in a United shirt to date.
With the derby with Manchester City locked at 2-2 entering injury time, Van Persie stepped up and curled home a free-kick winner to make him an instant legend with the fans.
It wasn’t a great goal because it had deflection but it didn’t really matter. The amount of people that goal made so happy is just unbelievable. It had a big impact on loads of people.
'And the pressure was on, it was just all week it was that game. And then when you score a goal in the 92nd minute against City, at their ground – that was my personal moment until now.'