Man Utd striker Van Persie: Ferguson retirement announcement shocked players

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has spoken of the moment Sir Alex Ferguson broke his retirement to the players.

The Dutch striker said he and his team-mates were left dumbstruck when Fergie told them he was ending his 27-year reign as boss last month.

Van Persie, 29, said: “Sir Alex came through the dressing-room door and the first thing he said was that he was retiring.

“I had to gasp for breath and I shook my head. Had he really said what I thought he’d said?

“The room fell deathly quiet and then everyone became emotional.

“Sir Alex then had a long talk with the squad. I found it a very special speech and felt privileged to have witnessed it.

“It was an historical moment for football, even though I was not happy to hear his message.”

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