Van Persie says words of wisdom from former Holland striker Van Basten sharpened his focus in front of goal.
"The way he (Van Basten) looked at football was ice cold," said Van Persie. "I remember a game against Manchester City and I hit the bar, the post twice and one chance went just by it, and we lost that game.
"I went to play for Holland and he asked me: 'How was your game?' I said: 'Yes, actually quite good.' Then he said: 'How was your game?' I said: 'Yes actually not bad. I was a bit unlucky, but I think I played well. I hit the post and the bar...'
"He said: 'No, no, Robin, it’s not good enough. You need to make sure that you score those goals, that they don’t hit the post or the bar, and you should not be happy if it hits the bar or the post, because the bar or the post is not a goal. So, no it was not good. I watched the game and you’ve got to change your mentality of looking at those situations.'
"He opened my mind, because he was right."
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