Robin van Persie has admitted that he was both shocked and disappointed by Alex Ferguson's decision to retire from management.
The legendary manager called time on his Manchester United career in the summer of 2013 having guided the Red Devils to 13 Premier League titles. Since his exit, the team have struggled to replicate his success.
Rio Ferdinand claimed this week that Van Persie was hit hardest by Ferguson's departure. The Dutchman had only been brought to Old Trafford a year previous and had done so with the impression that Ferguson would be in charge throughout the duration of his contract.
Ferdinand told MUTV: "It [Ferguson's retirement] took the wind out of everyone's sails. 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."
Speaking in his own interview with Fox Sports, Van Persie confirmed that Ferguson's announcement came as something of a disappointment to him.
He said: "Of course it [Ferguson's retirement] was a bit of a shock for everyone because it wasn't really announced before, it wasn't clear if he was going to go on or not," Van Persie said.
"When he told us he would stop, of course it was a bit of a disappointment, yes."
Although few have impressed at Manchester United since Ferguson left, Van Persie has, in particular, had a bad time of it. Rumours of discontent under David Moyes and constant injury problems kept Van Persie on the fringes of the headlines.
This season, Van Persie looks like he may be shoved aside to accommodate Radamel Falcao and some outlets are starting to reports that he is unhappy in Manchester.
Earning £250,000-a-week, Van Persie is one of Manchester United's top earners but he was reported to be requesting a move to Real Madrid in the forthcoming transfer window. He has also been linked with a move to Juventus in the past, but his wages would have to take a significant cut if he was to move to Serie A.
Barcelona is also touted as a potential destination but the ongoing transfer ban would prevent a move in the near future. The Blaugrana are hoping to have the ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after their original appeal to Fifa failed.
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