Robin van Persie was unveiled in front of the press with Sir Alex Ferguson this afternoon. The Dutchman was thankful to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, insisting that there was no hard feelings. However, he reiterated how “proud” he now is to be a Manchester United player.

When asked why he opted to join Manchester United over Manchester City, Robin van Persie replied: “Everyone knows by now that I’m a lover of football. I’m quite principled in that prospect. It’s always difficult to find a perfect match but I do feel this is the perfect match for me. Man United breathe football. If you look at all players at the club, the stadium and the manager, my choice was made based on those things. When I have to make hard decisions, I always listen to little boy inside me and what he wants. That little boy was screaming for Manchester United.”

Van Persie was also asked about his new team mates, with the striker likely to play alongside Wayne Rooney for his début on Monday.

“Of course I’d love to play with Wayne,” van Persie said. “I’ve said many times before he is a world-class player all-round. When I look at players, I like to see they can adapt to everything, and he can score goals and make assists, and he works hard. Scholes and Giggs are world-class and have been proving it for 20 years now. That had a big impact, definitely. I’d like to say we are all in it together to achieve greatness. Every single player is as important.”