Robin van Persie claims that Manchester United will be the last club he will play for, with the striker insisting he will be valued at an older age at Old Trafford.

Van Persie made the move to the Red Devils in a shock deal from Arsenal last summer, with the club offering the most money for his sale as he entered into the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates.

And so far the move appears to have been another strike of genius by Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Holland international's goal tally sitting at 19, behind only Luis Suarez (22) in the Premier League.

And the star believes that the appreciation shown towards him, despite pushing closer to 30, is a sign of what will come when he reaches the age of the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

"The coming years it's Manchester United. And maybe longer. United would be my last club," he told Voetbal International.

"You have a number of clubs in Europe where older players can find it good, where they are valued. You used to have that at Juventus and AC Milan, Manchester United today is a good example. So who knows how long I stay at the club.

"I have every day at United a new challenge. My development is an ongoing process. That gets an extra boost when you are surrounded by new coaches and teammates, all with their own ideas, in a totally new environment."

Some believed when Ferguson purchased van Persie for £24 million that his fee wasn't justified considering his age and injury history.

But so far he has proven all the critics wrong, and though he has scored just once in his last eight matches for United, their clear lead at the top of the table is many thanks to the hitman's winning goals over the course of the season.