Robin van Persie has revealed why he left Manchester United to join Fenerbahce, admitting that he felt as though boss Louis van Gaal wouldn't give him a fair chance to win his place back.
The Dutch forward completed a £4.7 million switch to the Turkish giants last week, bringing to an end a three season spell at Old Trafford, having joined the club from Arsenal in 2012.
The 31-year-old managed just 10 goals last season amidst reports that his relationship with Van Gaal was deteriorating, and now he has conceded that he felt as though he didn't have the confidence of his compatriot in the second half of the season.
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Van Persie pinpointed the defeat against Chelsea in April as the moment he felt as though things had changed for him at Manchester United.
The former Arsenal man was left on the bench despite the fact the Red Devils were chasing an equaliser. However he insists that while he didn't leave on the best of terms, he bares no grudges with anyone at Manchester United and holds no ill-feelings towards Van Gaal.
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“That [Chelsea game] was one of the first signals things weren’t going in the right direction,” he told the Sunday Times.
“I asked to play in the reserves, to get my minutes, but after was on the bench again. The atmosphere changed between me and Louis and people at the club saw it, but I was always professional. At that point I didn’t think to leave. [Wife] Bouchra was happy. The kids were happy. I was happy in Manchester.”
Van Persie then revealed that the moment he knew he was off came in May, during Manchester United's annual golf day when Van Gaal told him his chances at Old Trafford would be limited.
"But I was still thinking we could come back from holiday and start from scratch. He had changed his mind about me before. When he took over Holland he said to me ‘You’re the No 3 striker.’ I was ‘O...K...’ but I fought and became the No 1 and his captain.
“But when I came back, it wasn’t an honest battle any more. Fighting to get back in the team wasn’t given me as an option. He was sending me to Pitch Two. And I’m a mature player. I’m not stupid. I didn’t get angry or emotional. These things are part of football, part of life. You have to make the best out of any situation so I’m doing this by moving on.”