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Former Manchester United Defender Claims Robin Van Persie Was Hurt By Sir Alex Ferguson’s Retirement

Van Persie was only at Old Trafford for one season before Ferguson retired.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Robin Van Persie was hurt more than any other squad member by the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Goal.com reports.

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The striker was one of Ferguson’s final signings as United manager before he stepped down in May 2013.

Being able to work under the Scot was one of the main reasons Van Persie decided to move to Old Trafford from Arsenal in the 2012 summer transfer window and Ferdinand revels that the 31 year old was upset that he only got to spend one season with the legendary manager.

“It took the wind out of everyone’s sails. It gave us an extra push to go and win and be successful in that last season,” the ex-England man told MUTV of Ferguson’s retirement.

“Everyone was really appreciative for what he’d done for our careers.

“The person it hit more than anyone was Robin. He’d come the year before, tasted that success and wanted more. Visually, you could see it hit him harder than anyone else at the time.”

Both United and Van Persie have suffered since Ferguson’s departure. The Red Devils only finished 7th in their first season without the 72 year old at the helm while the Dutchman has struggled with injuries since his debut campaign.

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