Man United scouted me before Arsenal move, reveals Robin van Persie

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie reveals the Red Devils sent scouts to watch him at Feyenoord before he moved to Arsenal

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Robin van Persie has scored 19 Premier League goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

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Robin van Persie has revealed Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson sent a scout to watch the striker at Feyenoord before he joined Arsenal.

The 29-year-old has scored 19 goals in 26 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils this season after completing a £24m move to Old Trafford from Arsenal in the summer.

But Van Persie could have joined the Red Devils instead of the Gunners when he first moved to the Premier League in 2004 but failed to impress a United scout.

“[Manchester United manager] Sir Alex Ferguson once sent a scout over to Holland to watch me when I was a young player at Feyenoord.

“But I was sent off that afternoon and the scout went back to England with that in his report,” Van Persie told the Daily Mirror.

“Sir Alex mentioned that to me when I arrived at United. He felt I was not yet ready for a move to a big English club all those years ago – and he was right. I said to the boss ‘you were right then, but I am ready now’.”

Van Persie, who won the FA Cup at Arsenal in 2005, was hoping to complete the Treble with United this season before their defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16.

However, the Netherlands international says he would be content with winning the Double, even if United were to win their 20th Premier League crown at his former club Arsenal in April.

“My goal was to win the Treble,” he added. “I wanted the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup.

“Now we only have the Double and, yes, I think we could win the title at Arsenal or even against Manchester City. But I really don’t care where we win it. I just want to grab that league title.”

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