Robin van Persie, who repeatedly speaks of how much he is loving life since joining Manchester United, is still buzzing about our game at the Bernabeu last week and is looking forward to the big matches ahead.

“I have played a couple of big games for United already and I love that,” said Van Persie. “The smaller games are important too – because they are the games that make you champions. And when you are at Manchester United every game is a big game. But the matches against teams like Real Madrid are the icing on the cake. Games against Man City, against Liverpool in the Premier League and Real in the Champions League are fantastic because you have to be at the highest level every time.”

With United 12 points clear at the top of the league, carrying an advantage in the Champions League round of 16 following our draw at the Bernabeu, and still being in the FA Cup, Van Persie reckons we could be on the verge of achieving something special and wants to play in every game.

“The way this season is going it feels like it could be very special and I am loving it,” he added. “I love games like the one at Real. Huge games when you don’t really know what is going to happen. Where it is a thin line between winning and losing the game. I love the buzz, excitement and drama. I live for that. And I can’t imagine that day when I stop playing and it’s all over for me because I know I will miss the buzz so much. When you play games like that in the Bernabeu you give your all. Because we didn’t have the Reading game for almost a week after that, you know that you can give it everything and we all did. I like to play more games straight in a row. I love that as I get into a rhythm and get used to a game every three days. And when you don’t play for more than a week, it can take you 10-15 minutes to start the next game because you miss that rhythm. So I prefer to keep going, to keep playing game after game. That’s why I want to play against Reading. I really hope the manager picks me.”