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Former Arsenal superstar states reason for move away from Manchester United

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Robin Van Persie, who was instrumental in Manchester United’s last Premier League triumph in the 2012/13 season, has said that he might be still be playing for Manchester United if Alex Ferguson didn’t retire.

The Dutch striker joined the Red Devils from arch rivals Arsenal for £25m and later proved to be a vital influence in the United squad as they went on to win their 20th Premier League title. The 33-year-old striker netted 26 goals in his debut season and was also adjudged the United’s player of the year.

Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of that season. The former Arsenal player struggled under David Moyes and Luis Van Gaal who also happened to be the Dutch manager before joining United.

He admitted that he could have been still playing for United if Ferguson would have stayed after that season. “We will never know. It could have been that I could have been a player for Manchester United today.

“When I signed that was the idea, that Sir Alex would stay on for a few more years, but in football things change, you can’t plan your own path or your coach’s path. In this world you have to deal with how it comes.”

Fenerbahce are currently in ninth place in the Turkish League and the Dutch frontman said that he wants to give his best for the Turkish club,“I have to find the right balance of having fun, enjoying the moment of being back here and doing my work.

“I have to try and do my best for Fenerbahce. I give my all. I don’t really follow the daily opinions in the papers or social media because to me, if you start doing that, I don’t think it brings you forward.

“I know what I have to do – train well, be positive – and I know as well that I can’t play fantastic every single game or in training. That’s the football world and I do respect other opinions but I know what I want and I try to give everything I have,” He added.

Manchester United will take on Fenerbahce in Uefa Europa League on Thursday.

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