Van Persie: Ferguson told me he’d stay at Man United for three years
Robin van Persie says Sir Alex Ferguson told him that he was planning to stay in charge for another three years
Robin van Persie has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson told him he was planning to stay at Manchester United for another three years when the Dutchman moved to the club in 2012.
Van Persie helped fire United to the Premier League title under Ferguson in the 2012-13 season after joining from Arsenal in a £24m deal.
However, Ferguson opted to retire the following summer, with David Moyes and subsequently Louis van Gaal appointed as his successors.
Ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand recently claimed that Van Persie was hit hardest by Ferguson’s retirement – and the striker agrees.
“Rio is a great guy. He talks a lot but there is some truth in that,” Van Persie said.
“My decision to come to Manchester was partly because of the presence of Ferguson – or, excuse me, Sir Alex – and he told me he’d stay for another three years. I enjoyed his approach.
“We were once 18 points clear of City but we lost at home 2-1. We were still 15 points ahead but he was furious. Then I realised: he’s a winner.”