Ex-Man Utd No2 Meulensteen explains story behind Van Persie number

Former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen has revealed the story behind Robin van Persie's shirt number.

The Dutch pair worked closely together last season.

Meulensteen told BBC: "The first time I saw Robin van Persie when he came to the club, I said: 'Listen, you'll fit like a glove here. The way I know you from a distance, the way you play, the way I know Manchester United, how we want to play and the way we operate, I think you will absolutely love it'. He's done that.

"We were on the training pitch in the first week, I was setting up another possession game and I saw the manager speaking to Robin. I overheard him talking about the numbers that were available: 'There are only two numbers available, 20 and 21, what do you prefer?'. So to help Robin a little bit, I said: 'You can only be number 20 because if we do win the title that's number 20, which you will be carrying on your back'."

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