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Van Persie big winner at United awards

Robin Van Persie arrives with wife Bouchra for the Manchester United Player of the Year Awards at Old Trafford, Manchester. Photo: PA

One of Sir Alex Ferguson's last major signings, Robin van Persie, was the big winner at the club's Player of the Year awards ceremony last night.

The Dutchman, who joined from Arsenal in the summer, won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the year trophy as well as seeing his sensational volley against Aston Villa named goal of the season.

Van Persie was denied a hat-trick of gongs as midfielder Michael Carrick claimed the Players' Player of the Year award.

Van Persie, who was also City's top transfer target last year, admitted his maiden season as a United player has exceeded his wildest dreams.

"I have to be fair, it is beyond expectations," he said.

"It has made such an impact from day one to be involved with the other guys, to be able to work with Sir Alex and the other staff. More than a pleasure.

"The fans have been incredible from day one. It's been an honour."

Van Persie also tipped his cap to Rooney, who supplied the exquisite pass from which his goal of the season came.

"Without that pass the goal never existed," Van Persie added. "The pass itself is even more beautiful than the goal."

Michael Carrick claimed the Players' Player of the Year award. Credit: PA

Carrick was clearly overjoyed to be honoured by his team-mates.

Accepting his award, he said: "It means an awful lot.

"We've got an unbelievable team spirit with players from all over the world who make a real effort to fit in.

"For them to give me this means an awful lot. It really is special."