Robin van Persie 'didn't need convincing' to join United

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Robin van Persie "didn't need convincing" to join Manchester United from Arsenal, according to the person credited with luring him to Old Trafford, Rene Meulensteen.

The Netherlands international left the Emirates Stadium to sign for the current Premier League champions in the summer transfer window of 2012, having made clear his intention not to sign a new contract with the Gunners.

Sir Alex Ferguson detailed in his recently-released autobiography a phonecall with Arsene Wenger which led to the departure of Van Persie, although the Arsenal manager responded with a slightly different version of events.

Wenger claims that he had already decided, prior to the negotiations with Ferguson, that Van Persie no longer had a future at Arsenal after his public admission, and planned to sell before the striker's contract expired.

The Gunners boss also claimed that the opportunity for Van Persie to work with his compatriot Meulensteen was a key factor in the transfer to Manchester United, although the latter suggests he hardly had to say a word.

When asked on Twitter if Van Persie required convincing to sign for Manchester United, the former Manchester United coach responded: "He didn't need convincing!"

Van Persie has scored in each of his encounters with Arsenal since leaving the club, with the latest goal proving to be the winner at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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