Robin van Persie to stick with No. 20 shirt

Manchester United news: Robin van Persie has rejected the opportunity to wear No. 9 next season in favour of sticking with his No. 20 shirt

Isaac Asante
Published 05/05/2013 10:23 by Isaac Asante, read by 3,419 people.

Robin van Persie is currently performing under the No. 20 shirt – the number he chose when he signed for Manchester United last year.

As the Dutch player has earned impressive statistics this season, following a series of great displays up front for the Red Devils, it appears the summer pause will be the perfect time for him to take hold of Manchester United’s untaken No.9  jersey.

But Van Persie is apparently not attracted to that number at the moment: “I think I will keep it [the No. 20 shirt],” he told United Review

“I have the option to take the No. 9 but I don’t think I will do that. I will stick with what is right and what feels good.”

Indeed, Van Persie has seemingly found great comfort in the number 20, having scored six goals in his last four games – which include a hat-trick against Aston Villa on April 22.

He has also scored a total of 25 goals in 35 appearances in the Premier League for Manchester United, despite having failed to play full-time in the league on seven occasions.

Van Persie missed out on the No. 9 shirt during his signing to Old Trafford, as then-bearer Dimitar Berbatov had yet to finalise his move to Fulham. However, the former Arsenal star was happy to choose the No. 20 jersey, as he wanted to help Manchester United clinch their 20th league title.

Now that his dream of becoming league champion has been achieved, though, Van Persie is still not willing to change his number - and this is partly because of his fans.

“I do not want to be harsh on the fans who have the number 20 on their kit,” he explained. “I do not want them to have to buy a new shirt. [The number 20] it has been a good number for me and I will stick with it.”

Van Persie is currently on a four-year contract at Manchester United, which keeps him at the club till 2016.


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