Fergie decision stunned van Persie

  • Last Updated: June 9 2013, 11:06 BST

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie admits Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire left him stunned.

Robin van Persie: Full of praise for Sir Alex Ferguson
Robin van Persie: Full of praise for Sir Alex Ferguson

Robin van Persie

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Ferguson brought the curtain down on a glittering spell in the Old Trafford hot-seat with a 13th Premier League title in 2012/13.

The legendary Scot had announced on May 8 that he was set to step aside, with United moving quickly to appoint David Moyes as his successor.

News of Ferguson's decision to call it a day rocked the football world - after 27 years with the Red Devils - and Van Persie concedes that no-one was more surprised than him.

The Dutch striker, who was signed by Ferguson from Arsenal in the summer of 2012, said in The Sun: "Sir Alex came through the dressing room door and the first thing he said was that he was retiring.

"I had to gasp for breath and I shook my head. Had he really said what I thought he'd said?

"The room fell deathly quiet and then everyone became emotional.

"Sir Alex then had a long talk with the squad. I found it a very special speech and felt privileged to have witnessed it.

"It was an historical moment for football, even though I was not happy to hear his message."


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