Van Persie praises Man Utd stars Vidic, Giggs and youngster Wilson
Robin van Persie believes Man Utd’s latest youngster to burst onto the scene, James Wilson, has a very big future ahead of him and was impressed with the 18-year-old’s performance against Hull on Tuesday night. He also took the time to praise team-mates Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs, according to ManUtd.com.
Wilson was handed his first start at the club by interim player-manager Giggs, and refused to be phased by the occasion, bagging a brace before being replaced by van Persie on the hour.
The Dutchman went on to score United’s third and final goal of the evening, latching on to a cross from Giggs, who came on to feature in what could be his last game as a United player at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils went on to secure a comfortable 3-1 win against a side managed by their former captain Steve Bruce, but van Persie was determined to heap praise on the young Wilson.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, the former Arsenal striker said: “James played really well. I know how hard it is to make your debut - I made mine when I was about 29! I know how special it can be.
“He made it very special for himself and for everyone tonight. To score two goals is really special.”
Van Persie also took time to compliment team-mate Vidic, who was making his final Old Trafford appearance as a Man Utd player before departing for Inter Milan this summer. The pair have been team-mates for only two seasons, but van Persie followed the example of Patrice Evra – who also recently spoke favourably about Vidic – by discussing Vidic’s impact during his tenure in the north west.
The 30-year-old continued: “Nemanja has been great. He’s been playing here for eight-and-a-half years and the thing I always say about him is that he puts his head where people are scared to put their feet!
“That is Nemanja. He wants to dive for the cause, in a good way. He is very brave, a great player and he’s won everything at Manchester United. It was a special day for him too.”
Van Persie concluded the interview by praising Giggs too. He concluded: “I witnessed two team meetings as I came in a bit late. The one from the last game against Sunderland, and today’s game, were incredible. They were Sir Alex-esque.
“He’s been brilliant and I think he came on without even warming up tonight! Am I correct? He came on without a warm-up, put in some fantastic passes and almost scored. He’s a legend and I think he shows that every day.”
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