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Van Persie – It was easy to pick United over everyone else

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Dutch legend Robin Van Persie reveals just how easy it was for him to pick Manchester United over all the other suitors when he left Arsenal.

When Robin Van Persie left Arsenal, he was a proven Premier League striker in his prime.

The Dutchman has often been described as Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement gift from the United board. It was uncharacteristic of United to pay over 30 million Euros for a 29-year-old.

But he was the player that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to capture another title that would take his personal haul to 13 and the clubs to 20.

Van Persie had his pick of clubs when it was decided he was leaving the Gunners.

In an interview reported by The Metro, he admits he had a choice to make, but it was an easy one.

He said:

“Ferguson made the difference for me in my choice to choose Manchester United, because of the way he manages.”

“The stories I heard, because of the players that were there, I really wanted to win.”

“When I look at that team of Giggs, Carrick, Scholes, Vidic, Ferdinand they were all winners, they won it all.”

“I was like ‘I want to be part of that’.”

“I was in that period of my life where I felt like a winner but I wasn’t so I had to win. I needed to go to a team that knew how to win.”

Robin Van Persie played in the Premier League for a total of 11 years between United and Arsenal. His numbers speak for themselves, and it is no surprise he is regarded as perhaps one of the best goal scorers of his generation.