Patrice Evra mocks Arsenal over Robin van Persie sale

Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has mocked Arsenal over the signing of Robin van Persie six years ago. The Netherlands international made a shock move to Old Trafford from the Emirates during the summer of 2012 and Evra has spoken about what he said to the Dutchman following his arrival.

Speaking on ITV’s World Cup podcast, he quipped: “I give you an example when Robin van Persie joined Man United. First of all when he came I said ‘welcome to a proper team, a man team, not a baby team’.And he laughed, but he understood straight away because I remember him saying ‘Patrice, to be fair, I just feel like now I’m playing for a big team because all of you win many trophies, many medals, and you still go in the gym before training, going in the gym after training’”.

Van Persie was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson during his final season in charge of the Red Devils and the Dutchman certainly delivered with a 26-goal tally which guided them to the Premier League title. Since then, both Evra and Van Persie have travelled through different paths in their respective careers after being offloaded under ex-boss Louis van Gaal and the former most-recently had a short-term stint with West Ham United.

Van Persie, on the other hand, is presently with his hometown club Feyenoord whom he rejoined from Fenerbahce last winter and the Dutchman has recently agreed on a year’s extension with the Eredivisie outfit. Since the 2012/13 campaign, United have not come close to challenge for the Premier League title but last season had plenty of positives as they finished in second spot in the standings.

The Mancunian giants acquired 81 points when happened to be their best since the Ferguson era but they still finished 19 points behind arch-rivals Manchester City, who relatively cruised to the Premier League crown.