Team spirit has helped Robin van Persie, says Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has spoken out that the Manchester United team spirit has helped Robin van Persie and his impressive form since his move to the club from Arsenal in the summer.

So far this season Robin van Persie has scored 19-goals for the reds and been a fans favourite from day one.

Speaking with PA Sports, Rio Ferdinand said:

“It is easy for people to settle in here, we have a great bunch of players and a great squad. There is a fantastic ambience in the squad. It is a great place for players to come to if you are willing to come in, work hard and be a member of the team.

“Robin is an important player. The manager saw something in him and made it his mission to buy him this summer. At the moment, thankfully, he is doing what he came here to do.

“No matter how you win the league, it is always mainly down to a group of players rather than one individual, but currently he is scoring the goals.

“He is not only scoring though, he holds the ball up well and brings others into play. He does a fantastic job. But we are not at the end of the season yet. No medals have been handed out. We don’t want to jump about too much. Up to now he has done fantastically well, but the job is still there to be done.”

Manchester United are currently seven-points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League from noisy neighbours Manchester City, aided by good form over the festive period.

Ferdinand added:

“We have had a good period, but we have to continue that in the New Year, it was important for us to get the points on the board – this is always an important part of the year because the games come so thick and fast. You have to use your squad wisely. The manager has done that perfectly in this period. It is nice to finish it off and put the league away for almost two weeks now.

“Last year it was new [to have City as challengers] because it was the first time they had challenged properly and there was a lot of focus on Manchester. But we have to make sure we keep our own house in order, make sure we keep ticking off the games. We don’t have to focus on anyone else, just ourselves.”


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