What is Robin van Persie early on by Sir Alex Ferguson, ‘seconds’, before signing for Man Utd


Sir Alex Ferguson told Robin van Persie that he would have to stay in control for the next three years (Picture: Getty)

The former Manchester United star Robin van Persie has revealed he asked Sir Alex Ferguson on his retirement plans, only a few seconds before you put pen to paper on a deal to sign for the club.

The Dutchman has signed a four-year deal with the Red Devils in 2012, after United agreed a controversial £22million deal with rivals Arsenal.

Robin Van Persie had several offers to leave the Gunners, and it seemed as though the race for his signature, it was a straight fight between Juventus and Manchester City.

However, the Dutchman chose Old Trafford, after United entered the bidding late in the summer, and he says Ferguson was the deciding factor in his decision.

Robin Van Persie was desperate to bring more silverware to his collection, but he couldn’t manage it (Picture: Getty)

However, even though robin Van Persie was keen on a move to the Theatre of Dreams, as he is revealed in the moments before he signed for the club, he would have to check with Ferguson on how he was going to continue to be in control.

Ferguson told Van Pesie that he intended to remain on tour for at least another three years, but he only lasted for about 12 months, when he retired at the end of the season.

Robin Van Persie admits that it came as something of a shock, but he did not understand the decision.

“It was a bit of a shock,” Van Persie told Premier League Productions.

‘Just before I did, I literally had the pen in my hand, and I said,” there is One more thing Sir Alex, how long are you planning to stay? “and he said,” for At least three years.

“To be honest, the reason as to why he was stopped, it was family reasons and the family in the first place.

“He was one of the main reasons that I signed on to it, so it was a hit, but that’s football. players come and go, managers as well. He has played for 26 years and has built up the club, but that’s life.”

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Robin Van Persie had three years to run on his four-year contract with the club when Ferguson retired, and he was intent on adding to the world title, which he won in his first campaign.

However, United struggled in Ferguson’s absence, or by his successor David Moyes his first season.

Robin Van Persie stuck around for another 12 months under Louis van Gaal before departure, and the latter provides a drop-in, “the standard,” it was inevitable after Ferguson’s departure.

Robin Van Persie spent three years at Old Trafford (Picture: DAZN)

“We have to fight, because we ended up 7th,’ admitted robin Van Persie.

“From such a high…we were thinking about winning the Champions League, and move on.

“It was the start of a new period, with Scholesey and at the end, Giggsy is the record of a player/coach role. It was all new and fresh.

‘Moyes was not to blame for all of you who came in after Ferguson, a lot of thanks for your work. It wasn’t just him to blame, it was us. The standards were so high, they fall.”

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