Robin van Persie reveals reaction to United reunion in Europa League

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Jose Mourinho has already made it quite clear that the Europa League is nothing more than an unwelcome distraction for Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal's stuttering last season in charge has left the Red Devils in a competition they would rather do without, and their early performances have only shown further that winning it is absolutely not their priority - hence the 20,000 empty seats on Thursday.

However, United fans will no doubt have a keen eye on one element of their next game against Fenerbahce.


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Robin van Persie will make his return to Old Trafford in just under three weeks time when the Turkish side visit Mourinho's men.

RVP is still much-loved at his old stomping ground having fired United to Premier League glory in 2013 after leaving rivals Arsenal. In fact, many fans still question Van Gaal's decision to let him go, despite his problems with injuries over the years.

As much as United will be looking forward to welcoming him back to the Theatre of Dreams, the player himself has also revealed how he felt when he listened to the draw, which also paired Fenerbahce against another of his old employers Feyenoord.

"This is a fantastic group for me," he told Feyenoord TV.

Causing a stir

"We followed the draw when we were in the coach on the way to an away match. We first heard we were drawn with Manchester United, which was already amazing for me.

"Feyenoord is in first place and everyone is positive. Them even beating Manchester United does create a bit of a stir."

Mourinho may have to make sure his troops are a little more invested in the game on October 20, particularly as RVP has hit 16 goals in his 34 games for Fenerbahce.

So far, United have lost 1-0 to Feyenoord and scraped past Ukranian minnows Zorya Luhansk by the same scoreline.

How far will Manchester United go in the Europa League? Have your say in the comments. 

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