Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Jun 2020 10:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Jonny Evans reveals how Man Utd players reacted to ‘genius’ Sir Alex Ferguson signing Sir Alex Ferguson pulled off one of the greatest transfer coups of the Premier League era by signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Jonny Evans has revealed Manchester United’s 2012/13 Premier League title-winning squad were left ‘stunned’ when Sir Alex Ferguson won the race to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal. The former Gunners captain parted company with the north London club in acrimonious circumstances and appeared destined for Manchester City after becoming disillusioned with the direction the club he had served eight years had taken.Juventus were also in the running to sign the prolific striker, but Ferguson’s powers of persuasion ultimately proved decisive. Van Persie joined in a £24million deal and rewarded his manager’s faith by powering the Red Devils to another title. AdvertisementAdvertisementRecalling the mood at the club upon Van Persie’s arrival, Evan’s told the Guardian: ‘It was a genius signing, to get someone from one of your rival clubs, where he’d been [for so long] – everyone was shocked.’ADVERTISEMENTVan Persie scored 30 goals in all competitions during his maiden campaign at United, but Evans was particularly taken with the way his teammate was able to work out and execute premeditated plans. Comment Advertisement Robin Van Persie scored 30 goals in all competitions during the 2012/13 season for Man Utd (Picture: Getty)Recalling a pivotal 3-2 win at Chelsea, Evans said: ‘We’d been working in training on trying to get Ashley Young running in between the right-back and right centre-back. ‘There was a moment where Robin caught everyone out and tried a reverse pass with his right foot, into Ashley’s path. Branislav Ivanovic ended up getting sent off for being the last player [when fouling].‘To be able to carry out this kind of plan made Robin the manager’s dream. There are other moments that stand out, too. His goal against Arsenal in his first game against them at Old Trafford – he did so with his [supposedly weaker] right, and you think: “This guy can score”.’United sealed the title following a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford on a momentous evening. Van Persie, memorably, scored all three goals including a quite stunning volley after Wayne Rooney had played a 60-yard pass into his path. ‘Not many people take that shot on. It’s still ridiculous, now,’ Evans said. ‘Most would think: ‘Just get it under control.’ The run, the way he pulls off the defender’s shoulder, the way he finished: just world class. He’d been doing stuff like that in training. More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I was marking him one day and the ball came to his chest on the edge of the box, and he set it up as if going to volley with his left. As I went to block, he’s volleyed it over my head, back on to his right foot, and volleyed it into the net. All in one movement.‘He had this unbelievable finishing ability: left foot, right foot, with great power in his shots. The speed he got on the ball when putting it in the net was frightening. He was a natural-born finisher.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Bruno Fernandes broke down in tears after talks with Manchester UnitedMORE: Manchester United must offer more cash upfront to beat Chelsea & Dortmund to Jude Bellingham transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
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