Robin revels in support of the city

  • Last Updated: May 17 2013, 19:37 BST

Robin van Persie believes Monday's Premier League trophy parade debunked the myth that all Manchester United fans come from outside the city.

Robin van Persie: Manchester United's top goalscorer this season
Robin van Persie: Manchester United's top goalscorer this season

It has long been a claim of many Manchester City supporters that their club has the majority fan base, with a massive percentage of Old Trafford regulars coming in from much further afield.

Robin van Persie

20. Robin van Persie

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Van Persie did not get that impression on United's open-top bus as it made its way from Old Trafford to the centre of town, where it was greeted by huge crowds along the main Deansgate shopping area and into Albert Square.

"I spoke to Nigel de Jong a couple of years ago when he was playing for City," Van Persie told MUTV.

"He said in Manchester there were only City fans and United's come from different cities all over the world.

"It sounded a bit weird. I have to adjust him on that now and say it is definitely not true.

"It is at least 50-50, or, after last Monday, maybe it is 80-20."

Van Persie's last silverware came back in 2005 when he was a substitute in Arsenal's FA Cup final triumph over United in Cardiff.

And, after playing a key part in United's 20th title triumph, the 29-year-old certainly will not forget Monday in a hurry.

"It just came out of nowhere," he said.

"There were more and more people appearing as the tour went on.

"I saw people on roofs, on balconies, on traffic lights. They were absolutely everywhere.

"There is one picture of people of so many people hanging out of a building.

"I had a lot of nice pictures before but there was one thing missing.

"Now I have some with the trophy and fans. We couldn't wish for more."

Providing Gareth Bale does not smash the Premier League record for goals in a game, Van Persie will also claim the Golden Boot prize for the second season running.

It will be the perfect way to end his debut campaign, having arrived from Arsenal on a mission to steer United back to the top.

"I do remember speaking about number 20 and that I wanted to win it for the club," he said.

"To be able to achieve it is incredible because no other club has done that before.

"It has been an amazing season and we are deserving champions."


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