Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has suggested that the feel good factor is returning for the club’s fans.
The Dutchman bagged a brace last night to help United secure a 2-1 win against Southampton, propelling the club into third place in the Premier League.
Van Persie’s winner sparked wild celebrations from United’s fans, who sang at extreme noise levels throughout the game at St Marys.
“They (the supporters) were unbelievable. I just want to say that it felt like the old days – like two years ago. It was a really special day, and they were unbelievable,” Van Persie told MUTV.
“I want to thank them because I know they’ve been travelling from all over England, maybe some from abroad. It’s a long journey. Thanks everyone for coming – you are absolutely amazing.”
United fans are enjoying their side’s best run of results since the Sir Alex Ferguson era and the flashback to the Scot’s reign has created some buzz and positive feeling around the club at the moment.
United’s aim for this season is to get back into the Champions League for the next campaign.
They will believe that a title shot is still possible but a top four finish is the minimum the side should expect this season and the fans will play a big part in backing and helping the players to get there.
“My first away game against Southampton for United two-and-a-half years ago was a special one, but I think today was a good one as well.”
United fans are capable of creating an intimidating atmosphere away from home and Van Persie’s comments suggest that the excitement and vibrancy which was missing under David Moyes is back under Louis van Gaal.