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Robin van Persie asked if he would have still signed for Manchester United had he known Alex Ferguson would retire

Robin van Persie has revealed that he ‘can’t answer’ whether he’d have still joined Manchester United if he knew Sir Alex Ferguson would retire a year later.

Van Persie played under legendary manager Ferguson for just a single season, though it was a highly successful one as United stormed to the Premier League title, with the striker winning the golden boot along the way.

However, Ferguson would announce his retirement from the game after a glorious 26 years at Old Trafford towards the end of the season.

David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal were brought into replace Ferguson and Van Persie never reached the heights of his debut season again.

Van Persie has revealed Ferguson told him that he would remain manager for three years upon his signing but he couldn’t answer the question of would he have still signed had he known Ferguson would retire at the end of the season.

 

“I did ask him the question how long his intentions as to stay and he said three years so that was in my mind when I decided to make the move from Arsenal,” the Dutchman told Planet Football.

“Would I have changed my decision if I knew Sir Alex would be leaving at the end of that season? It is a good question and one that I can’t answer.

“He was one of the big reasons why I signed, for sure. He was a legendary manager and you could see from the moment I walked into the club that everything was working perfectly under him.

 

 

“The connection between the players and the coach was good. Everything fitted for me and this is why I scored 26 goals in my first season and we won the Premier League by 11 points.

“The news that Sir Alex was retiring was a surprise, but I did not feel let down by him. Something happened with his personal life and that is always more important than football.

“I can’t judge him on that or have an opinion on it because I don’t really know what happened. It is always important if you choose your family first.”

Van Persie went on to have a spell in Turkey with Fenerbahce and then returned to Feyenoord before retiring this summer at the age of 36, taking up a pundit role with BT Sport for the coming season.



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