Robin van Persie has revealed that he loved how much of a winner Sir Alex Ferguson was, reflecting on a moment towards the end of the 2012-13 season.

With the title essentially wrapped up, United 15 points clear of Manchester City in April, we lost 2-1 to our rivals at home.

Van Persie has claimed that Ferguson was furious with the players that their lead was cut to 12 points. On the day we won the title, we were 16 points clear.

I played with him for one year but it was a very special year: we won the league! The road to that title was very special. I could tell he’s a really special manager.

One little example: When we were 15 points ahead, it was in February or March – we lost against City. We could have gone 18 points clear but still we were in a very good position. He was very hard on us, very angry. He made everyone aware that everybody had to give their all. The training was very hard that week, he was almost punishing us. We were 15 points ahead! But that showed me he was a really good manager.