Robin van Persie has thanked the Manchester United fans for their support since the summer move from Arsenal. He is currently the top scorer in the league and when you include his assists, he has 22 in 18 starts.

“It’s always nice to be recognised by the fans,” said van Persie. “I have settled into the club quite quickly and I am really enjoying playing in this team. I would like to thank the fans for all their support. It’s not all about scoring goals, but obviously that does help. It’s great that so many players have scored goals over the season so far.”

Van Persie is chasing his first winners medal since the FA Cup one has from 2005 when he came on for a substitute in Arsenal’s incredibly fortunate win over United. United are currently seven points clear at the top of the league after some great results in December.

“December is always a difficult month and I feel we have come through this period as we wanted to,” he added. “Hopefully we can now push on for the rest of the season.”