Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from Old Trafford appeared to hit Van Persie harder than anyone else.

Not to mention that Arsenal could well have won the league themselves had Van Persie stayed.

Van Persie said at a news conference later that it was the “passion” of Turkish football that had helped attract him to Istanbul.

“I highly appreciate the work of (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward“. He underlined his belief that he will be playing in high level for a long time, and that he is looking forward to the awaiting adventure.

The Dutchman was unveiled as a Fenerbahce player at a presentation ceremony at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday after agreeing a three-year contract. Sometimes silence speaks volumes, even if it is a very passive-aggressive way of making a point.

The striker, 31, signed with Fenerbahce on Monday 13 July and while there is still no confirmation of a fee received from United, his arrival in the Super Lig was celebrated feverishly by the Turkish giants.

The ESPN FC panel debate whether or not Manchester United’s latest signing will return the club to their former glory and win them the Premier League title.

The Daily Telegraph claims that Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is the man Van Gaal wants, but Talksport says that Paris St Germain frontman Edinson Cavani is in the frame. “I promise I will do everything in my power to make Fenerbahce win as many trophies as possible to make these fans happy”.

“He brings a wealth of experience and is an excellent addition to our squad”, he said of a player who been capped 111 times by Germany, is the national team captain, and was a member of the victorious 2014 World Cup side.

“I got used to the idea for quite a while”.

Speaking to reporters ahead of United’s first pre-season clash of U.S. against Club America, van Gaal said, “I have said in a [private] conversation with him and we have to keep it like that”.

“Turkey is a attractive place with nice people”.

Think you know your football? “I can not wait to meet the fans as well”.

“If I find an exceptional player to strengthen, I will do it. It depends what’s on the market. I can not wait to meet the fans as well”.