Van Persie has justified Fergieâs decision to pay Arsenal ÂÂŁ24million for a 29-year-old with anÂ incredible burst of goals.
He has already hit the target 23 times for United. But he is haunted by the goal that got away in the final minutes of Wednesday nightâs 1-1 draw with Real.
Van Persie said: âThat second chance I had, just after I hit the bar, that should have gone in. I mis-hit the ball. I wanted to hit it hard, but I just couldnât produce the power.
âWe wonât sit back against ÂMadrid in the second leg â that isnât in Unitedâs DNA.
âHopefully we can go further in the Champions League and test ourselves against some more top teams in Europe.
âBut first we must focus on Âgetting beyond Madrid. The Âmanager says that is an acid test for us and he is right.â
He added: âThe way this season is going, it feels like it could be very, very special.
âI am playing in games that are the greatest you can play in.
âThe manager said: âDonât play the occasion, play the gameâ. I think we did that.â