Man United’s Van Persie: Sir Alex is one of friendliest people I’ve met

Manchester United's Robin van Persie says Sir Alex Ferguson made the striker's first season "even more special" than he anticipated

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Sir Alex Ferguson led Man United to 13 Premier League titles Photo: Back Page Images

Robin van Persie says Sir Alex Ferguson made the striker’s Manchester United experience even more special.

The Netherlands international won the Premier League title in his first season at the Red Devils after completing a £24m switch from Arsenal last August.

And Van Persie spoke in glowing terms about Ferguson’s personality both on and off the pitch, insisting the retired United manager is one of the friendliest people that the Dutch star has met in life.

“It has made such an impact on me that I couldn’t see coming before I signed,” Van Persie, who scored 26 Premier League goals this season, told Manchester Evening News.

“He made it even more special than I thought it would be. Not only by his skills as a manager but by the way he is as a person, the way he works with his players and the honesty and the winning mentality.

“The word winning came along so many times in his meetings.

“It has only been a year but it has been a year of incredible impact on me which has meant so much. I am proud to have been able to work with him.”

He added: “I always thought he was a winner. If you are a winner and want to achieve things you sometimes have to be direct and tell the truth where it is needed but that is the way to win and so I wasn’t surprised about him.

“But when you see him from an outside point of view you maybe see 20 per cent of Sir Alex. You see him on the touchline. You see him shouting at the referee, you see him wanting to win.

“That is your picture of him in that moment. But we saw him every day. You see him chatting with the boys, you see him in meetings and how he works.

“He is a man who puts his arm around you if you are having a hard time. He gives you confidence. He always defends you towards the outside world. He will always defend his players.

“We are lucky to have seen what most people cannot see. He is one of the best managers in the world, maybe the best and one of the friendliest people I have met in my life and that tells you the whole story about him.”

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