Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire understandably came as a shock to the Manchester United squad - but none took the news harder than Robin van Persie.
Manchester United’s squad was certainly quite shocked Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire but what came as more shocking was that Robin van Persie was shocked more than anyone else. This comes from Rio Ferdinand who has revealed that the Dutchman has certainly struggled to cope. Ferguson had been a contributive factor in Van Persie moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal for £24million back in 2012. We can clearly see why the Red Devils clawed back the Premier League title back from Manchester City and it was only because of the 31-year-old’s goals in his first season at the club.
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While talking to the MUTV, Ferdinand said ‘It took the wind out of everyone's sails. It gave us an extra push to go and win be successful in that last season. Everyone was really appreciative for what he'd done for our careers. The person it hit more than anyone was Robin. He'd come the year before, tasted that success and wanted more. Visually you could see it hit him harder than anyone else at the time.”
Van Persie had been struggling for form under David Moyes - whose name wasn't referenced in Ferdinand's interview - last season. The striker faced lasting damage after Ferdinand’s announcement and it was reported last year by the Dutchman that 'I had to gasp for breath and I shook my head. Had he really said what I thought he'd said? The room fell deathly quiet and then everyone became emotional. Sir Alex then had a long talk with the squad. I found it a very special speech and felt privileged to have witnessed it.'
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