"Robin van Persie is getting better and better - it’s incredible. He is a super professional player who really knows what he wants from his career and how he will achieve it. I have never seen any player reach Robin’s age and still improve as a footballer. Moving to United has been good for him - and it has been good for Holland. I had never worked with him before and the first thing he told me was that if I kept him on the bench he would work even harder to prove me wrong. He said he would never walk away from Holland - and I absolutely loved that about him."
- Louis van Gaal, the Netherlands manager