Robin van Persie told to ignore the Arsenal boo-boys

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told striker Robin van Persie to ignore the Arsenal boo-boys on Sunday as he returns to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since his departure.

The Dutch striker had a very impressive season final year with Arsenal, but it ended on a sour note for the Gunners as the 29-year-old released a statement saying that he was not going to renew his contract at the club.

The striker eventually ended up going from the Emirates to Old Trafford for £24m, much to the annoyance of the Arsenal faithful.

Van Persie featured against Arsenal earlier in the season and scored in his new club's 2-1 victory despite receiving jeers from the travelling supporters.

Ferguson admits that Van Persie will get a negative reaction from the home fans on Sunday, but he believes that the striker should try and ignore them.

"I don't bother about it, and I don't think Robin should bother about it either," Ferguson said in his pre-match press conference. "There was a bit of booing when he played at Old Trafford and I expect a portion of fans will do that. That is the modern generation I am afraid.

"For Arsenal to have one of their players go to their biggest rivals of the last 20 years doesn't sit well with their fans, nor Arsene (Wenger) for that matter.

"But it does happen. You just have to move on. Arsenal have moved on now. They are challenging for a Champions League place and have every chance of getting one."


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