Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen says their dressing room leaders are all football mad.

The Dutchman says Robin van Persie has found kindred spirits at Old Trafford.

"Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes just love football. Like ­Lionel Messi, they don't care if they are playing in a stadium filled with 100,000 people or in the local park.

"I mean this in a positive way, they are football animals. Football is the only thing that occupies their life and, since the ­beginning of the season, they have been joined by one more football-mad guy in Van Persie.

"The fact that he chose United shows how much he loves the game. He is a guy who thinks about everything. He is driven by his love for the game.

"All Robin is focused on is success.

"He has a massive desire to win. I know because he could have earned so much more money elsewhere."