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United sealed the championship three weeks ago after a first half hat-trick by Van Persie earned the victory over Aston Villa that clinched the title - but had to wait until after the final home match to collect the trophy.
"It is the feeling you dream of," Van Persie said. "Everything is about lifting the trophy.
"There were some great pictures taken after the Aston Villa game, but there was one thing missing from them all; the trophy.
"That's the picture that will be framed in my house; me, lifting the Premier League trophy. I can't wait for that moment."
Van Persie believes he made exactly the right move from Arsenal to Man United.
"I wouldn't have moved if I'd had doubts," he said. "Instead, from day one I was almost certain we would win trophies - not in a couple of years but this year.
"I saw the players in training. I saw the way they behaved, the way they lived, their mentality, the way the staff worked, the way the manager and the staff acted.
"When all those elements combine you end up with a team of champions. It also helps when you have so many players who know how to win."
"As a youth player I was used to winning trophies, right through from Under-12s to Under-18s," he said. We won the UEFA Cup at Feyenoord three months after I started and I remember thinking 'Okay, this will happen every year'.
"But I've realised it is not that simple. I had to wait a long time to be a champion but it tastes lovely. I feel like I am floating on a cloud."
Van Persie is top goal scorer in the Premier League this season to date - and is favored to win the Golden Boot Award this season.
"In a way, it is not an honest award," he said. "Even if you end up with the most goals in a season, those goals are the team's goals and many will have been made possible by other players.
"They should make a Golden Boot for the whole team. It would be nice to win it, but the main thing for me was to win the league.
"Even if I'd scored half the number of goals and we'd won the league I would still have been happy."
Barclay's Premier League player of the month, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie turned down United's number nine shirt and has decided to stick with his Manchester United squad number of 20 next season.
"I think I’ll keep it," Van Persie said of his number to United Review. "I have the option to take number nine but I don’t think I will do that. I’ll stick with what is right and what feels good.
"Also, I don’t want to be harsh on the fans who have got number 20 on their kit. I don’t want them to have to buy a new shirt.
"It’s been a good number for me and now I can at least celebrate the 20th trophy for another year. I’ll stick with it."
Man Utd (Van Persie 2, 13, 33) 3-0 Aston Villa - 22 Apr 2013: A first-half hat-trick from Van Persie sealed the 13th title for Manchester United.
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