Van Persie has scored 12 and assisted 7 in his 17 starts for United this season, including goals against City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
“Robin van Persie is getting better and better – it’s incredible,” said Van Gaal. “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.”