Ahead of Robin van Persie’s decision to choose Manchester United over Manchester City, countryman and former red, Edwin Van der Sar, advised him to join United.

Having met up with Van Persie at Sir Alex Ferguson’s statue unveiling, Van der Sar has revealed how happy Van Persie is at United.

“Robin is really happy in Manchester – in fact, he is over the moon with the choice he made to go to United,” he said. “It is well known that ­Robin spoke to me before he made a decision about his future and I told him what a beautiful club ­Manchester United is. The fact that it is all ­working out so well now, with Robin scoring so many goals in his first three months at the club, is ­absolutely fantastic. I met Robin when I ­travelled to Manchester to see the new statue of Sir Alex Ferguson being ­unveiled at Old Trafford last week. And I can tell you that Robin absolutely loves his new team. Of course, it could have worked out very ­differently. After all, he had been a big rival of players like Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Paul ­Scholes for eight years as an Arsenal player. But the lads at United know that Robin adds ­real quality. In fact, he is in the superior category.”