Fergie decision stunned van Persie

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie admits Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to slip into retirement left him stunned.

Last Updated: 09/06/13 at 11:06 Post Comment

Robin van Persie: Full of praise for Sir Alex Ferguson

Robin van Persie: Full of praise for Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie admits Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire left him stunned.

Ferguson brought the curtain down on a glittering spell in the Old Trafford hot-seat with a 13th Premier League title in 2012/13.

The legendary Scot had announced on May 8 that he was set to step aside, with United moving quickly to appoint David Moyes as his successor.

News of Ferguson's decision to call it a day rocked the football world - after 27 years with the Red Devils - and Van Persie concedes that no-one was more surprised than him.

The Dutch striker, who was signed by Ferguson from Arsenal in the summer of 2012, said in The Sun: "Sir Alex came through the dressing room door and the first thing he said was that he was retiring.

"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.

"It was an historical moment for football, even though I was not happy to hear his message."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

f I were Manuel Pellegrini I would keep quiet and hope the Board didn't notice City not winning anything. If he isn't sacked I'd be astonished.

lfcfan80
Pellegrini: I won't be sacked

S

till I suppose it still gives him at least another year in the job. By the time it comes around , he can always make up another excuse. First it was 3 months , then a year .....Next year ? Whats his excuse with Van Persie ?

spud1
LVG calls for Di Maria patience

T

he England band. They ought to be sent to Syria.

tk421
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

Footer 365

Manchester City boss Pellegrini hits back over recent criticism

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has come out fighting amid speculation over his future at the Etihad.

Sir Alex Ferguson hails decorated career of Spurs legend Dave Mackay

Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to Dave Mackay, hailing 'a great career as a player and a manager.'

Petr Cech not likely to leave Chelsea unless huge transfer fee involved

Jose Mourinho says it will take "huge money" to prise goalkeeper Petr Cech away from Chelsea this summer.

Mail Box

There Are Mitigating Circumstances For LVG

One Mailboxer is admant there are mitigating circumstances to LVG's struggles at Manchester Utd and he offers his four signings for next season...

LVG Stick Needs A Little Context...

LVG's rough ride from the media needs some context - then you would understand, while the Mailbox urges Nabil Bentaleb to go down...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company