Sir Alex Ferguson apologised to Man Utd pair after telling stars he was retiring

Patrice Evra has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson apologised to two Man Utd players after announcing his decision to retire in the club dressing room.

Fergie stepped down from his role at Old Trafford in 2013 after 27 trophy-laden years at the helm.

But despite rumours circulating that he was set to leave his post, the decision still came as a shock to United's players, none least than Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa.

The duo had only joined United in the summer, with van Persie's arrival conditional on Ferguson remaining at the club for the foreseeable.

Evra told the UTD Podcast: " After two weeks, we were in the dressing room waiting . When we arrived at Carrington, I see all those cameras and I was like: ‘Wow, someone has done something wrong. Maybe a player is the story again! Someone has done something wrong, we are in trouble.’

"But we arrived and people said, 'Guys, you have to stay in the dressing room because the boss wants to have a chat'. And when the boss came into the dressing room to talk to everyone, it's never good news.

"He came, and he said, 'I'm really sorry. Some people have said that I'm going to retire even before I say it myself. That's why you saw all those cameras. But I will retire because my wife needs me’.

"He apologised to [Robin] van Persie, he apologised to Shinji [Kagawa], because he just bought them. He apologised to them especially."

Van Persie had left United's rivals Arsenal in the hope that Ferguson would be in charge for years to come, but still managed to spearhead the club's title charge in his boss' final season.

The Dutchman left the club two years after Fergie had departed, having failed to win another major trophy during his time with the club, by which time Kagawa had already moved on the summer prior.

When asked last year about Ferguson's decision, van Persie told Planet Football : "I did ask him the question how long his intentions as to stay and he said three years so that was in my mind when I decided to make the move from Arsenal.

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