Dutchman lured to Old Trafford on false pretences.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie admits he was hurt by Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire at the end of the 2012/13 season, the Guardian reports.
The Dutchman says he was persuaded to leave long-time employers Arsenal in a controversial move to their rivals largely due to the influence of Ferguson, who said he would be staying on in charge of the club for another three years.
However, the pair worked together for just one season, with van Persie’s superb form firing the Red Devils to the Premier League title to send the legendary manager out of the game on a high.
Responding to a question about Rio Ferdinand’s claims that Ferguson’s retirement had hit van Persie hardest, he said: “There is some truth in that.
“My decision to come to Manchester was partly because of the presence of Ferguson, or excuse me, Sir Alex. And he told me he’d stay for another three years.”