Robin van Persie: "The most scary five minutes of my life"

What was the Manchester United and former Arsenal striker talking about when he described the 'most scary' five minutes of his life?

Robin van Persie scored his 18th Premier League goal of the season against Spurs yesterday, taking him two clear of Luis Suarez at the top of the goal charts.

Prior to the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, he talked with SkySports about some of his favourite goals for the club to date.

His goal against Fulham? "First goal, first home game, very special moment."

His hat-trick against Southampton? "It was very much needed, especially after my penalty miss."

His goal against former club Arsenal? "In only the second minute, it was good to score so early so that was out of the way."

His last minute winner against Manchester City? "The amount of people that goal made so happy... it is just unbelievable."

But which game had saw Van Persie 'more nervous' than he had been before in his whole life?

He reveals it was the game at Anfield, when he was asked to step up and take the game-clinching penalty after Antonio Valencia was fouled in the box.

"I had to wait five minutes (to take it). The most scary five minutes of my life, when I scored it was a very special moment."

There were more interesting tidbits in his interview; he revealed that joining United and playing alongside Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes gave him the same sort of excitement he once had at Arsenal when he could learn from Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

He admitted to needing a new challenge, and also add he wants to emulate his teammates by playing into his late-30s.

That £24 million is looking quite cheap round-about now...

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