Rio Ferdinand: ‘Robin van Persie was in disbelief when Fergie announced he was retiring from Manchester United’

Of all the players at Manchester United, it’s well known that Robin van Persie took Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement the hardest.

RVP had signed from Arsenal just that summer, largely on the premise on playing for Fergie, and this was a big factor in his slump the next season, while it also meant he was never going to welcomew new manager David Moyes with open arms.

In his autobiography, Rio Ferdinand makes this clear, as he described the scene when Fergie announced his retirement to the players in May 2013.

Speaking on the Clare Balding Show, Rio says he looked over at Robin van Persie, and could see the disbelief and disappointment writ all over his face.