Ferguson’s retirement hit Van Persie hardest, says ex-Man United star
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand reveals Robin van Persie's dismay at Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement
Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement hit Manchester United striker Robin van Persie the hardest.
The Scot called time on a decorated 26-year United career in May 2013 after guiding the Red Devils to their 13th Premier League title.
He’d come the year before, tasted that success and wanted more
Van Persie was part of the title-winning side as he picked up a Premier League winner’s medal following his £24m move to United from Arsenal in 2012.
And former Red Devils defender Ferdinand could see that the Netherlands international was disappointed by Ferguson’s decision to retire.
“It took the wind out of everyone’s sails. It gave us an extra push to go and win and be successful in that last season,” Ferdinand told MUTV.
“Everyone was really appreciative for what he’d done for our careers.
“The person it hit more than anyone was Robin. He’d come the year before, tasted that success and wanted more. Visually, you could see it hit him harder than anyone else at the time.”
Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups during his United reign.