I don’t need a rest! Man United’s Van Persie wants to play in every game

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie says he doesn't want to be rested despite a testing couple of weeks on three fronts

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Robin van Persie has netted 23 goals so far this season Photo: Back Page Images

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Robin van Persie says he wants to play every game for Manchester United ahead of their FA Cup fifth-round tie against Reading at Old Trafford on Monday.

The Netherlands international has been a virtual ever-present in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side this season, scoring an impressive 23 goals in 32 appearances.

Van Persie featured in United’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday – but despite an important second leg to come in the Champions League last-16 tie, the Dutch striker does not want to be rested for the Royals clash.

“I have found out that when you play for Manchester United, every game is a big game,” he said.

“There are some extra-special matches – like when you play City or Liverpool in the Premier League and Real Madrid in the Champions League – but the so-called smaller games are important also because winning those games makes you champions.

“Personally, I love to play all of the games.

“You get into a rhythm. I get used to having a game every three days and when you don’t play for a week, it can take maybe 10 or 15 minutes to get your rhythm back.

“I want to play against Reading. I want to keep going, playing all of the games.

“I love the intensity of playing for United. It is great to be involved in huge games when you don’t know what is going to happen.

“You get more out of it when there is a thin line between winning and losing.

“I love the buzz, the drama, the excitement. I live for that. I can’t imagine the day when I have to stop playing. I know I will miss the buzz so much.”

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