Robin van Persie has said that Sir Alex Ferguson was “very angry” at Manchester United, even when the club were “in a very good position”.
Van Persie was signed by Ferguson from Arsenal in summer 2012, but enjoyed just one season under the legendary Scot.
The striker scored 26 goals in the title-winning campaign of 2012/13, which heralded Ferguson’s final season in management after a stellar career.
But Ferguson still had an indelible effect on the Dutchman, who discussed his former manager with the UEFA website.
“I played with him for one year but it was a very special year: we won the league! The road to that title was very special. I could tell he’s a really special manager.
“One little example: When we were 15 points ahead, it was in February or March – we lost against City. We could have gone 18 points clear but still we were in a very good position. He was very hard on us, very angry. He made everyone aware that everybody had to give their all. The training was very hard that week, he was almost punishing us. We were 15 points ahead! But that showed me he was a really good manager.”