Former Manchester United forward Robin van Persie has revealed how Louis van Gaal told him to leave the club during his spell at the club.
The Netherlands international, who joined Red Devils from Arsenal in 2012, had an incredible debut season. He won the Premier League Golden Boot, while Manchester United won their 13th Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson.
David Moyes then took charge of the club and here is when the problems for Van Persie started. The 36-year-old former striker reveals everything went even worse after Van Gaal replaced Moyes in 2014.
In the golf club in Mere, there was a chat between the coach and the player. During the conversation Van Gaal told Van Persie: “Your time is up”
“In my last season, I had this chat with Louis van Gaal,” Van Persie said while on Jake Humphrey’s High Performance podcast (cited by the Daily Mail).
“I had two very good seasons with the national team but my last season in Manchester, his first season, was not great.
“I had this chat with Louis van Gaal and he told me: “Alright Robin, I am the coach, you are the player, you have to go. Your time is up.”
“I said I still have a contract but he said “I don’t care”‘. ‘Towards the end of it, I saw something coming, but not this ruthless and the way he said it as well.”
Van Persie adds that his family was feeling good in Manchester and they didn’t want to leave England. His kids were going to school and he had his friend in Manchester.
“We started the pre-season and I wasn’t allowed to play in the 11 vs 11 match.” Van Persie continued.
“You try to stay calm and stay cool but there is loads of things happening. You say it doesn’t affect you but it does. It affects me, my family and my career big time.”