Van Persie rates Nice coach Vieira as the best leader he's played with.
He recalled to Voetbal International: "That was really an absolute leader, nothing forced, in fact."
Discussing his debut against Portsmouth, Van Persie continued: "Vieira came to me and said, 'How are you?' And I am completely nervous: 'Yes, I'm fine'.
"He said, 'You just have to do what you do during training, I'll run for you'.
"He said: 'I'm going to win back those balls for you. Then I deliver them to you. This is your chance, take your chance!'"