Van Persie thanks ‘unbelievable’ Ferguson after Man United lift trophy

Robin van Persie thanks the "unbelievable" Sir Alex Ferguson after the Manchester United manager's emotional farewell

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Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the 2012-13 Premier League trophy Photo: Back Page Images

Robin van Persie has thanked the “unbelievable” Sir Alex Ferguson after the Manchester United manager’s emotional farewell to Old Trafford on Sunday.

The 71-year-old, who is standing down at the end of the season and will be replaced by Everton boss David Moyes, watched his side seal a 2-1 win over Swansea City in his last competitive home game in charge of the Red Devils.

And striker Van Persie, who moved to United from Arsenal in a £24m deal last summer and has scored 25 league goals this season, paid tribute to his departing manager.

“I want to thank him. He is unbelievable,” Van Persie said. “He is a great manager and a great person. He deserves all of the credit he gets.”

Ferguson revealed that he made his decision to step down after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford over the winter.

“I made my decision to retire at Christmas,” he told MUTV. “I didn’t tell my sons until March and I only told my brother on Tuesday night.

“It was Cathy, my wife, really. She lost her sister last October and has been a bit isolated. She has been the head of the family and made sacrifices for me, our three sons and our grandchildren who dote on her. And there was always going to be a time when I would have to close the book.”

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