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Robin van Persie tribute video posted by Manchester United

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Robin van Persie only spent three years at Manchester United but it was long enough for him to become a fan favourite at Old Trafford.

In fact, some might even argue his popularity amongst the supporters soared the day he decided to sign for the Red Devils from rivals Arsenal.

If there were any lingering doubters at that stage, there certainly weren't any 26 Premier League goals later as Van Persie guided his new team to the 2012/13 title.

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Despite struggling to enjoy quite the same success in subsequent seasons, the Dutch forward had still done enough to warrant the adoration of most fans of the club.

So when he did eventually leave Old Trafford for Fenerbache in 2015, some fans were a little disappointed at the lack of sentiment shown by the club.

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Most teams like to honour their star players when they depart in the form of some sort of highlights video, however, there was no sign of a similar tribute produced by Man United's media team when Van Persie moved on.

And yet, ahead of Van Persie's return to the club with the Turkish giants for Thursday's Europa League clash, United have released a brief video featuring some of their old striker's best bits in a red shirt.

Of course, it had to include his penalty against former side Arsenal as well as the iconic volley past Aston Villa's Brad Guzan - a goal regarded by the Premier League as the best in the English top flight for the last 25 years.

You can watch the full video below which is very cleverly accompanied by a track entitled 'Not Nineteen Forever' by The Courteeners in the background.

Understandably, not all fans have reacted positively to the post on Twitter, with many unhappy a tribute was not produced much earlier. Here are some of the best tweets:

Those fans might feel even more unhappy if the striker comes back to haunt his old side on Thursday.

A defeat to Feyenoord in the first game of the group stages in the Europa League has left little margin for error and Jose Mourinho's men will need a positive outcome to boost their chances of staying in the competition beyond Christmas.

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Robin Van Persie
Football
Premier League
Manchester United
Louis van Gaal

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