Without Robin van Persie, it’s fair to say that Manchester United probably wouldn’t have won the 2012-13 Premier League campaign.
The Dutchman, who completed his shock move from Arsenal for £24 million in the summer of 2012, inspired the Red Devils to their 20th league title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at Old Trafford.
Van Persie won the Golden Boot award after scoring 26 league goals during that campaign and also provided 10 assists.
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For this reason alone, the striker could have been forgiven for feeling that his departure from United in 2015 deserved a little more fanfare.
Despite the fact he played with the Premier League giants for three years, United didn’t even tweet to confirm Van Persie’s departure. The least you’d expect for a player who single-handedly - effectively, anyway - won the club a league title.
United fans are still angry with the club
Many fans are still angry about the club’s Twitter ’snub’ towards Van Persie - and they’ve expressed their feelings on social media again today after Fenerbahce were drawn to play in the same Europa League group as Jose Mourinho’s men.
Check out these tweets…
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When Van Persie’s move to Fener was finalised in July 2015, United simply issued a fairly blunt statement confirming the news on their official website.
“While the striker was presented to the media by the Turkish club earlier this month, the paperwork required in order to release his international registration certificate was not finalised until this week,” the statement read, suggesting United were irritated by Fener’s early presentation of the striker.
“Everyone at the club would like to wish Robin well for the future as he links up again with Nani, who also joined Fenerbahce recently.”
Lack of goodbye due to Van Gaal falling out?
It’s no secret that the relationship between Van Persie and Louis van Gaal disintegrated during their time working together at Old Trafford and this might explain United’s lack of a proper goodbye for the left-footed forward.
But United fans will now have the opportunity to say a final, heartfelt goodbye to a player who will always occupy a special place in all of their hearts.
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