Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has claimed he would still be at Old Trafford and preparing to face Fernebahce tonight if Sir Alex Ferguson was still the manager rather than the other way round.
Van Persie, now on the books of the Turkish giants, is in England to face his former side in a Europa League clash tonight at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman was sold by former United boss Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2015, but had won the Premier League in his first season and was voted United’s Player of the Year in the same year also.
But he however believes he would have still been a Red Devil had Ferguson not retired.
“It could have been that I could have been a player for Manchester United today,” he said when asked about it.
“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.”
Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the 2012/2013 season and Van Persie struggled under Fergie’s successors David Moyes and Van Gaal.