Robin van Persie has revealed the ruthless manner in which Louis van Gaal told him his time at Manchester United was over.
Robin van Persie was all over the headlines when he made the controversial switch from Arsenal to rivals Manchester United back in 2012.
He justified what ‘the little boy inside him’ told him by firing the Red Devils to a Premier League title in his first season at the club.
However, things took a different turn for Van Persie following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
The Dutchman saw his role at United reduced before compatriot Louis van Gaal told him his days were numbered after taking charge as United boss.
Two months after Van Gaal was appointed manager, the Red Devils sold Van Persie in a €4.52m move to Fenerbahce.
Looking back, the former Arsenal and United man recalls the ice-cold manner in which he learnt his time was up at the club.
“I was like: Yeah but I still have a contract? He said: ‘I don’t care’, Van Persie said on The High Performance podcast.
“Ruthless. Towards the end of it, I saw something coming but not this ruthless. And the way he said it as well. And then a lot of things go through your mind when you get a message like that.”
“I still had a contract, my family was happy, it was my 11th year in England. We love living in England. What’s next? My kids are going to school, they have their friends and everything.”
“So in a split second, all these things come across [your mind]. How do you react to that? ‘I said: “We will see what happens. That’s your opinion. But I have a contract and I’m happy in England at Manchester United. So we will see what happens. And I stood up, shook his hand and left it.”
Van Persie eventually left Manchester United, seeing his 11-year journey in English football come to an end.