Ahead of Robin van Persie’s first Manchester derby he has spoken about his delight at turning down Manchester City to join Manchester United. Both clubs were keen on signing last season’s top scorer when it became clear he wasn’t going to sign a new contract with Arsenal but Van Persie didn’t have any hesitation over picking us over them.

“I think I sort of made my mind up very quickly,” he told MUTV. “I’m very happy with my decision. I’m coming with a big smile to work every day. It’s not even work, it’s my hobby. I love it, I love football. Everyone has been so nice to me. I’m having the time of my life here so I don’t regret that. Obviously in a derby, you have lots of people being involved. Fans, players – everyone is committed, everyone wants their team to win. I know how it is, obviously. In the past I had the north London derby against Spurs and other derbies in London, but this is two Manchester teams in one city – one is called United and the other is called City and that’s it. They are the only teams, so it is the only derby, and the biggest derby.”

bwin special derby day bets

Fergie to tap his watch in second half injury time (90 mins or later) – Yes: Evens
Man Utd to score in injury time – Yes: 5/1
Tevez to be sent off – Yes: 10/1
RVP to score more goals than Aguero – Yes: Evens
Rooney to score more goals than Tevez – Yes: 11/10