The 29-year-old only spent one season under the Scot before his retirement and it is a relationship van Persie hoped he could of had for longer.
“I’d have preferred it if he’d stayed a few more years, but I understand his decision,” said van Persie.
“I’m even prouder that I could work under him for a year. I could see he was a legendary man.”
Images of van Persie and Ferguson embracing on the touch-line at Stoke were the perfect microcosm of a successful maiden season, and the Dutchman says the feeling of success is one that he will savour and enjoy.
“If you saw how we worked every day, how we studied the opponents and the way they played,” continued van Persie.
“How we prepared. Every day we did extra work and watched videos. Every small step eventually delivered the championship. I think that the route to the title was nicer than the winning itself.”
Despite success in 2012/13, it is a great credit to van Persie’s professionalism that he is already looking forward to next season, and he maintains that the squad will continue to reside at the summit of the league title as they embark on a brave new era with David Moyes at the Old Trafford helm.
“I have a feeling we can do much more and that we can win many more trophies.
“I’ve had a year to work with everyone and now the whole [coaching] staff is changing which makes it a new challenge.
“I’ve got to know the players through and through and I’ve a feeling they have a lot more [success] in them. A whole lot more.
“The season began as a nice challenge but you never know how these things will turn out. But now I have a sense of pride, it was a great season. A pressured year.”