Jonny Evans hails Robin van Persie's contribution

Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates scoring against Aston Villa on April 22, 2013
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Manchester United's Jonny Evans says that his teammate Robin van Persie warrants a lot of praise for the role that he has played this season.

Jonny Evans has insisted that Robin van Persie deserves a lot of the credit for Manchester United's success in the Premier League this season.

The Dutch striker scored a hat-trick during Monday evening's 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford - a result that saw United win a 20th league title with four matches to spare.

Having arrived at the club from Arsenal last summer, the 29-year-old "lifted" the playing squad to produce the goods over the course of the campaign, claims Evans.

"It was great to see Robin get his goals on Monday. He's been absolutely fantastic this season. His work-rate and finishing ability are phenomenal. He wants to score goals and he's disappointed when he doesn't, even when we get the points," the Northern Ireland international told the club's official website.

"We're really happy to see him get his first winners' medal. He came here because of his respect for the philosophy of the club and it's paid off for him.

"He's lifted everyone at the club. He was captain of Arsenal and obviously a very mature person and very respectful guy. He's got a bit of an aura about him and has settled in brilliantly. You can tell by the way he plays and his whole demeanour that he is really enjoying things here."

Van Persie has scored 28 times for United, 24 of which have come in the Premier League.

Defender Johnny Evans celebrates his equaliser on November 24, 2012
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