The former Man Utd forward Robin van Persie says that Sir Alex Ferguson was in
charge again and that was the reason he left Manchester United.
The forward was signed by Ferguson in 2012 and
was voted Player of the Year in his first season
after scoring 31 goals in United's title-winning
But, after Ferguson retired at the end of that
season, Van Persie's form dipped and he left Old
Trafford to join Fenerbahce in 2015.
Ahead of facing his former side on Thursday
evening as Fenerbahce travel to United in the
Europa League, he has revealed how things might
have turned out differently.
"We will never know. It could have been that I
could have been a player for Manchester United
today," he said. "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."
Van Persie, who has scored 17 goals in 35
appearances for the Turkish side, says he is not
dwelling on his decision ahead of his return to Old
"What happened happened. I don't think you have
to make it bigger than it is," he said. "You shake
hands and move on to the next chapter.
"I'm not that romantic, thinking 'that was the
moment'. I will just do my lap, go in and prepare