Robin van Persie and Nani have revealed what it was like to play under the “special” Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Van Persie joined Man United from Arsenal in 2012 before winning the Premier League title in his debut season at Old Trafford.
Nani, meanwhile, played for United between 2007 and 2015. The pair, who are now both at Turkish side Fenerbahce, were full of praise for Ferguson.
When asked about Ferguson in a recent Facebook Q&A, van Persie said: “It was very special, we won the league. When we were 15 points clear and lost against Manchester City he was very hard on us. He made everyone aware that they had to give their all. He almost punished us in training. It showed me what a good manager he was.
Nani added: “Working with Sir Alex is something I’ll never forget. He’s the best I’ve worked with. I learnt so much from him on the training ground. Even today, talking about him is inspirational and a motivation. I’m so happy to be part of his story. He is someone I’ll remember all my life.”
Ferguson had a remarkable ability to bring the best out of every single one of his United players before he retired in 2013.
It’s fair to say that there will never be a manager like him again, something supporters are learning all too well amid the team’s struggles under Louis van Gaal this term. In fact, van Gaal might have kept van Persie or Nani as his small squad has been ravaged by injury over the course of the campaign.