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26th Aug 2016

Manchester United fans are relishing Robin van Persie’s Old Trafford return

A hero returns

Simon Lloyd

Robin van Persie was an instant hero at Old Trafford.

Arriving from Arsenal in the summer of 2012, he was just what the Manchester United faithful needed to lift their spirits.

On the last day of thr 2011/12 season, United had been seconds away from their 20th league title, only for some Argentinian bloke to pop up at the death at The Etihad and take the Premier League crown to Manchester City.

With Martin Tyler’s “AGUERRRROOOOOO” commentary still keeping many United fans awake at night, Van Persie agreed a deal to join their club, spouting some weird shit about some little boy inside him telling him to join them instead of City.

Having signed on the dotted line, he banged goals in from the off that season, guiding United to Premier League glory in what was to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge.

Manchester United v Aston Villa - Premier League

Although he stayed on for another couple of seasons at Old Trafford, he couldn’t quite emulate the kind of form that he showed in his first season with the club.

He moved on, signing a deal last year with Turkish giants Fenerbahce – a team that United will now face in the group stages of the Europa League.

United fans were delighted at the news of Van Persie’s return, with many disappointed that his sudden departure last summer denied them the chance to bid him farewell.

Van Persie will also be facing his first club, Feyenoord, in the group stages.

To complete the set, he just needs to make sure his team qualifies for the knockout stages and hope that Arsenal finish third in their Champions League group. With a bit of luck, he may then get a return to The Emirates. We doubt he’ll be quite so warmly received there, however.