Robin van Persie: I watch DVDs of myself playing every week

Robin van Persie reveals he regularly watches video clips of himself playing so the Manchester United striker can improve

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Robin van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals last season Photo: Back Page Images

Robin van Persie has revealed that he regularly watches video clips of himself playing so the Manchester United striker can continue improving.

The 29-year-old Netherlands international enjoyed a stellar first season at Old Trafford following his £24m transfer from Arsenal last summer, scoring 26 Premier League goals to help the Red Devils win the title.

And the forward says he continues to watch DVDs of his actions during games, which is a habit he picked up during his time at Arsenal.

“When Sir Alex Ferguson told me he wanted to sign me from Arsenal last year, I said to him that I was still improving as a player,” Van Persie is quoted as saying by the Mirror.

“I may be 29 now, but everything I do in training is tailored so that I can ­become a better footballer.

“That includes watching DVDs of ­myself. I started doing it when I was at Arsenal. Steve Rowley, who is the head of scouting at the club, used to make me a DVD of all my actions from every game.

“I would collect a new one every Monday morning and I could not wait to watch it ­because it enabled me to study both my good moments and my bad moments in every game I played.

“When I was younger, that kind of ­attention to detail was not possible.

“Now I get a full understanding of whether I made the right or wrong choices in every game. I have continued to do that at United.

“Sometimes you think you have done OK in a game but, when you watch it again from a different angle, you realise that there were better ­options you could have taken. I find that kind of detail so ­important for my own development.

“It is not about watching my goals again. It is about identifying mistakes and the desire to improve. I want to learn all the time.”

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