Van Persie's performances merited Manchester United end-of-season award, says Van Nistelrooy

The Holland international was named the Fans' Player of the Year but missed out on the Players' Player of the Season award to Michael Carrick, much to his countryman's dismay
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie should have been named as the club’s Player of the Season according to fellow countryman Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The 29-year-old striker secured his first Premier League trophy last season under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson having moved to Old Trafford in August for a fee of £24 million [€28m].

But Van Persie lost out on the Players’ Player of the Season award to Michael Carrick despite notching 30 goals in all competitions, and former United striker Van Nistelrooy believes his performances in his debut season with the club deserved the award.

"There's only one [winner of the award]," he told the club’s official website. "Of course, Michael Carrick had a very consistent season too but I think Van Persie's first season was outstanding.

"Robin made a massive impact in his first season, right from the beginning. He’s been a great signing and it ended with him winning the league.

"He’s a very good player in general. He scores the goals but, in nearly every goal that United score, he is a part of it with an assist or something else. He adds so much to the attacking play and will be very proud to win his first Premier League medal.

"I think he is definitely an example of a striker who can play the No.9 and No.10 roles together. He puts the goals in and provides a lot and I think, for a player of that quality, it’s very rare. He is top class."

Van Persie’s performances for the Red Devils saw his counterpart Wayne Rooney deployed in various positions across midfield but Van Nistelrooy would like to see the England international return to a more advanced role next season.

"I like him playing further forward really, where he can hurt people,” the Dutchman continued.

“I know he has shown that he can play in midfield as well. He has great vision of the game and is a fine passer of the ball as well and physically can get about the pitch and get stuck in. He was doing that as well but I'd like to see him a bit more up front.”