Robin van Persie recalls Man Utd moment he realised Paul Scholes was a 'monster'
Robin van Persie has revealed what training with Manchester United greats Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs was really like.
The Dutchman enjoyed a brief spell at Old Trafford, where he spearheaded the Red Devils' title charge under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012 and 2013.
Van Persie played with some top class players during his time in England, starring in some of Arsenal's best squads.
And the striker admits playing with United heroes gave him a similar feeling to when he joined the Gunners as a youngster.
"I had had a comparable feeling eight years earlier when I joined Arsenal," he told French outlet SoFoot.
"I arrived as a young player. Seeing [Dennis] Bergkamp do what he was doing, I was there: 'Wow!'
"I had never seen anything like it, the same with Thierry Henry, the same with Robert Pires, the same with Freddie Ljungberg."
And Van Persie admits he was struck by Scholes' genius in particular when he moved to United.
"And eight years later, with eight more years of experience, I took a slap of the same magnitude by disembarking in Manchester from Sir Alex Ferguson," he continued.
"When I started to observe Paul Scholes' choices in the little ball possession games, I realised the monster he was.
"Eh, but I have never seen such a quality.
”Ryan Giggs when you looked at him, you wondered where the ball went, and then *snaps fingers* everything fell into place in the right place as if by magic.
"It was particularly exciting to see them in training. Any player should look for an environment like this that pushes your limits.
"Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson was an incredible daily emulation."
Van Persie has now retired from football following a spell with Dutch club Feyenoord.