Rio Ferdinand: Sir Alex retirement hit Van Persie.

Rio Ferdinand has revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement hit Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013, just after guiding the Red Devils to their 13th Premier League title.

Robin Van Persie was part of the title-winning side as he picked up his first Premier League winner’s medal following his move from Arsenal to United in 2012.

And former United defender Ferdinand could see Van Persie was disappointed by Ferguson’s decision to retire.

“It took the wind out of everyone’s sails. It gave us an extra push to go and win and be successful in that last season,” Ferdinand told MUTV.

“Everyone was really appreciative for what he’d done for our careers.

“The person it hit more than anyone was Robin. He’d come the year before, tasted that success and wanted more. Visually, you could see it hit him harder than anyone else at the time.”

In the 26 year spell for Sir Alex Ferguson, he won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League cup, five FA Cups and four League Cups during his Manchester United reign.

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