Man Utd boss Ferguson: I did Van Persie deal directly with Arsenal's Wenger

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits he closed their deal for Robin van Persie thanks to direct talks with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits he closed their deal for Robin van Persie thanks to direct talks with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger.

A large part of United's success this season has been the purchase of superstar striker Van Persie.

"I never thought we had a chance of getting Robin because I didn't think Arsenal would sell to us," said the manger on his striker, who has 22 goals this season.

"My discussions with Arsene were good but long, probably a couple of months. They realised that the lad wanted to leave. It was a matter of negotiating the price with Arsene."

United eventually paid £25million for the Dutchman.

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