Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been speaking about his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, revealing that he expected the Scot to remain at Old Trafford for far longer than he ultimately did.
In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant later published by ESPN, the United player said, “My decision to come to Manchester United was partly because of the presence of Ferguson or, excuse me, Sir Alex.
“He told me he would stay for another three years. I enjoyed his approach.”
But those “three years” quickly became just one, with Ferguson retiring from his role in the summer of 2013 after van Persie had spent just one season at the club he swapped Arsenal for.
In that time the Dutchman was on fire, scoring 30 goals in 48 appearances and playing an integral role in Ferguson’s final Premier League title.
It looked like the Netherlands international would go on to fire United to more glory but last season was one to forget and this year he has failed to hit his heady heights despite the presence of his countryman and good friend Louis van Gaal.
Some people have suggested the forward feels let down by Ferguson’s departure, that he took it harder than most, and following his revelation that the former boss told him he would be around for quite some time, that is no surprise.