Van Persie was devastated by the retirement of Man Utd legend says Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand revealed that Robin Van Persie was devastated following news that Sir Alex Ferguson would retire from management.

Ferdinand wrote on his Facebook page that Van Persie joined United for the chance to play under Ferguson.

The statement read: “As I am posting this… it looks like my former team-mate Robin van Persie is joining Fenerbahçe. The moment Sir Alex Ferguson told us in the changing room at Carrington that he was retiring, I looked to my left around 6 lockers where I saw a totally devastating looking RVP… he was shaking his head in shock, completely disheartened it seemed. Robin took it the worst out of the whole squad. I, like many of the squad had been lucky enough to have played under Fergie for many years but Robin had just got to the club and part of his fairy-tale of joining was playing under Sir Alex.”

Ferdinand and Van Persie were part of the United side that won the league title for a record 20th time in the 2012-13 season with Ferguson in charge.

The Dutch star was one of the standout players of the 2012-13 league campaign and was awarded with the goal of the season award for his memorable volley in the title deciding 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Van Persie struggled to recreate the same form under David Moyes as well as Louis van Gaal and will play in the Süper Lig next season after joining Fenerbahçe.

The Netherlands international will join former United teammate Nani who signed for the Yellow Canaries last week.

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