Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Robin van Persie did not feel loved under David Moyes in the 2013-14 season.
There were suggestions that the 30-year-old striker did not see eye-to-eye with the Scotsman, who was sacked as the United manager in April.
Van Persie was said to be a number of senior players who did not like Moyes’ management style or the way the team played.
However, following the dismissal of the 51-year-old, the former Arsenal star brushed off all such claims and said that he felt “sorry for him”.
The Dutchman was not in England when Moyes was sacked and bid farewell to the players - he was in his native Netherlands recovering from his injuries.
Ferdinand, who announced his departure from United earlier this summer, has now said that his former teammate did not feel enough loved by Moyes.
‘When Sir Alex Ferguson left, he [Van Persie] went from being the star man, our go-to guy, the top scorer, to being almost like a sideshow’, the 35-year-old told BBC Sport.
‘I think that the dynamics changed. The manager, David Moyes, was talking up Wayne Rooney and forwards need to be loved. And I don't think he felt that love last season’.
The former England international was speaking in the aftermath of the Netherlands’ scintillating 5-1 victory over Spain in their World Cup match on Friday. Van Persie scored two goals – one of them was a sensational and world-class header – and seems to have recovered his best form.
Van Persie was also seen celebrating his goals and the victory with the Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, who will take charge of United after the World Cup. The duo enjoys a very good relationship with each other and the Manchester outfit’s fans will be pleased with that.