Robin van Persie picks between Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson as his best manager
Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson as the best manager he’s worked with ahead of Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal.
Van Persie joined Arsenal at the age of 20 in a £3 million deal from Feyenoord in 2004 and spent eight years under Wenger before he left to move to Manchester United in 2012.
The Dutch striker spent just one season under Ferguson at Old Trafford but played a key role in helping United win the Premier League title in the Scot’s final season in charge.
Van Persie also worked under Van Gaal with the Netherlands national team and at United, although he has revealed that the 68-year-old was ‘ruthless’ in the way he got rid of him at United.
‘Ferguson really was a super manager,’ Van Persie wrote in the book ‘LVG – The Manager and the Total Person’.
‘It was so brilliant how he always kept the entire squad happy and focussed.
‘Wenger was a combination of Ferguson and Van Gaal.
‘Arsene always emphasised all the positive things and he looked at what would work for the long term.