When you bring in a title for your team almost single handed you would expect a little from the club. Such was probably was the expectation of Robin Van Persie. Considered by many to be a model footballer and a complete professional when he came to Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, it left a few heads scratching when Louis Van Gaal, who happened to be a good friend of the player, decided to offload him to Fenerbache. More shocking was the abrupt departure and very little information on the reason behind the transfer.
A reporter with the Guardian, Jamie Jackson, has stated that Van Gaal sold Van Persie because he thought the striker was not of the correct spirit to put a new philosophy in place. He also mentioned that the Netherlands striker was also not of the correct influence on the squad. That may well be true considering the authoritarian culture Van Gaal wishes to impose on the squad.
From what we can understand by Van Persie’s good bye statement is that the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson hit him hard and three quarter of a season under David Moyes did not make things any easier. Though he had hoped that Van Gaal’s arrival will help him in this matter, sadly it took turn for the worse. He may not have been in the best form when he left Manchester United but given the current shortage in striking department Van Gaal may realize his mistake by the end of the season.