Van Persie’s return stirs Old Trafford emotions

Robin van Persie, the former Dutch striker, dispelled rumors of a potential return to Manchester United by clarifying his presence at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

Currently coaching Feyenoord Under-18s, Van Persie’s appearance sparked speculation about his involvement in the club’s potential overhaul.

However, the 40-year-old swiftly explained that his visit was driven by sentimental reasons rather than professional ones.

Van Persie, renowned for his hat-trick against Aston Villa in the 2012/13 season, a crucial moment in United’s last Premier League title win, emphasized the special memories associated with Villa.

His spectacular left-foot volley from Wayne Rooney’s pass during that game is etched in club folklore.

Speaking to MUTV ahead of the match, Van Persie revealed that his return to Manchester was pre-planned:

“When I looked at the schedule, I thought if I can pick that game, I will pick that game because of our shared memories against Villa. It was one of the most special nights personally as a Manchester United player.”

Acknowledging Villa’s strong performance that season, he expressed his anticipation for an enjoyable game.

Van Persie’s return was warmly received by fans, reflecting the impact he had during his tenure at United, scoring 58 goals in 105 games.

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