The Dutchman won his only Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford.
His 30 goals were decisive in delivering Sir Alex Ferguson’s final honor as manager of Manchester United, but one strike stands out.
Van Persie’s second goal against Villa in April 2013 saw him come home after a long diagonal from Rooney.
But the goal started with a conversation between the two men in which the former gunner told Rooney to see if the advance pass was in progress.
He said on the club’s official website, “There have been so many special moments [at United], but probably the most special was the night we won the title against Aston Villa.
“When I think back to the best moments of my career, this night ranks very high.
“City had lost to Tottenham the day before, so if we won against Villa, we couldn’t be caught. I came to United to win the league. It was our time to do it.
“It felt like we were playing a final. In the morning before the match, you could see on all faces: today is the day that it should happen.
“Even though we lost, we had four other opportunities, but we wanted to do it that night, in front of our own fans. It was perfectly installed.
“I scored the first goal after two minutes, a tap-in from another Giggsy pass, so you just know … Okay, it’s going to be a good day today.
” You know what I mean? It’s just that feeling right away. The first goal is out of the way, so I could just feel it in everyone, we were in total control.
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“And when you looked at the faces of the opponents, they knew they had nothing to take. Not that day.
“Before the game, Wayne and I had a little chat on the field, and we talked about him being behind the defense of the Villa. This is where you can hurt your opponents: behind.
“When you have players like Wayne, Carrick, Scholesy – sooner or later they will find you. It’s just a very good feeling. “