Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has hinted that former manager Sir Alex Ferguson lied to him when he agreed to join the Red Devils from Arsenal in the summer of 2012.
The Netherlands international revealed in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant on Friday that Ferguson had told him he would be staying at Old Trafford for another three years.
However, the legendary Scottish manager retired at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, less than a year after Van Persie - who inspired the club to their 20th league title - had arrived from the Emirates Stadium.
Van Persie: Rio is correct
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand revealed that Van Persie was hit hardest by Ferguson’s retirement in the United dressing room, and the Dutchman confirmed this was probably a fair assessment.
“Rio is a great guy. He talks a lot but there is some truth in that,” Van Persie confessed. “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.”
"[Ferguson] told me he’d stay for another three years.” - Robin van Persie.
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Van Persie enjoyed working under Ferguson
Van Persie has always spoken highly of Ferguson since arriving at Old Trafford two years ago. He admits he loved working under the fiery Scot, who spent a total of 26 years with the Red Devils before stunning the world by announcing his retirement in May 2013.
“I enjoyed his approach,” Van Persie continued. “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.”
Van Persie won his first Premier League winners’ medal in his one and only season under Ferguson as United finished 11 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
Van Persie now in decline?
But since Ferguson’s departure, Van Persie has not looked the same player. At times it looked as if he was enduring a miserable time playing under Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, but his below-par performances under Louis van Gaal suggest there could be a more concerning explanation for his dramatic dip in form.
Van Persie is 31 now and no longer regarded as the Premier League’s best striker. Indeed, he’s not even considered by some Manchester United fans as the best striker at Old Trafford.
The Dutch star has scored three goals in eight appearances this season, but could be dropped to the bench once Radamel Falcao returns from injury.