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Robin van Persie explains why he ‘didn’t like’ Arsenal guard of honour after Manchester United title win

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Jul 2020 11:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Van Persie was with Arsenal for eight years before joining United (Picture: Getty)‘It was a little bit awkward there, so I didn’t feel really comfortable about that.‘From my point of view, it didn’t need to happen. ‘Okay, it’s part of the rules and, from the basics, I did like it but not that particular day.‘ Robin van Persie appreciated the ‘nice gesture’ from his former Arsenal team-mates (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie has revealed how ‘awkward’ and ‘uncomfortable’ he felt when Arsenal’s players were forced to give him a guard of honour after Manchester United’s last Premier League triumph back in 2013.The iconic striker played a major role as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men got their hands on the trophy with a nine-point advantage over second-placed Manchester City, scoring 26 goals across a magnificent debut campaign. Van Persie’s incredible hat-trick against Aston Villa at Old Trafford sealed the Red Devils’ 20th league title and no United player has got close to matching his tally of 30 goals in all competitions in the eight seasons that have followed. Van Persie’s stunning hat-trick at home to Villa secured United’s 20th league crown (Picture: Getty)A number of Van Persie’s former team-mates lined up to applaud United’s squad as Arsenal played host to Ferguson’s side in the wake of the forward’s heroics versus Villa – and the Dutchman has lifted the lid on his mixed emotions that afternoon at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking to the UTD Podcast, Van Persie explained: ‘I didn’t like it. Some of them were my friends, I spent eight years there and I was just happy that it was over,‘I could see in their faces that they didn’t like it, which I get. And then you see me walking there, I was just happy that it was over.‘I think it’s a nice gesture to do towards the champions, but it just didn’t feel right, not for me and not for Arsenal. Comment Advertisement Leicester 0-2 Man United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:39FullscreenLeicester 0-2 Man United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/leicester-0-2-man-united-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-press-conference-2217864/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Two years earlier, Van Persie was part of an Arsenal team humiliated by United in a thumping 8-2 defeat at the Theatre of Dreams. On his memories of that day, Van Persie said: ‘Ouch! Oh my God, that was painful!‘I think United played really well, but every shot went in. I missed a penalty that game, when it was still close and you think: “oh no!“‘After that, every single shot went in. It was painful. We couldn’t really compete at that time and to lose 8-2 in the end.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 think I did nick one goal, so it was good for the stats in the end, but it was a tough day at the office. ‘After the game, everyone was down obviously.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ agent responds to rumours Mikel Arteta wants to sell Arsenal defenderMORE: Inter Milan chief confirms intention to sign Alexis Sanchez after Manchester United rebuff loan extension Robin van Persie explains why he ‘didn’t like’ Arsenal guard of honour after Manchester United title win Advertisementlast_img read more

£43bn Border to Coast pool appoints Fiona Miller as COO

first_imgSource: IPEFiona Miller (right) receives the Pension Fund Achievement of the Year award in Berlin last yearIn addition to the COO appointment, the partnership has also named two non-executive directors for its board, chaired by outgoing Railpen chief executive Chris Hitchen.Enid Rowlands is a former trustee of NEST, the defined contribution master trust set up by the UK government to help meet demand for auto-enrolment provision. She has also served on the boards of UK public bodies such as the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the General Medical Council.Tanya Castell chairs the Quality Assurance Scheme for the UK’s Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and is a former pension fund trustee. Her current non-executive roles include positions on the boards of Faster Payments Scheme – set up to improve money transfer speeds between bank accounts – and Scottish Canals. She was awarded an MBE earlier this year for her work to promote diversity in boardrooms.Hitchen said: “In Rachel, Fiona, Enid and Tanya, I now have highly talented board colleagues with diverse and complementary skills. We have a lot of work to do to build Border to Coast into an investing institution which succeeds for the long term, but this is a great place to start.”BCPP’s founding funds include the pension schemes for Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Durham, East Riding, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, South Yorkshire, Surrey, Teeside, Tyne & Wear and Warwickshire. Fiona Miller will join the Border to Coast Pensions Partnership (BCPP) as chief operating officer in January.Miller has been a driving force behind the creation of the £43bn (€48.2bn) BCPP collaboration and the wider pooling project among local government pension schemes (LGPS). In December she was presented with IPE’s Gold Award for Pension Fund Achievement of the Year for her efforts.She is currently head of pensions and treasury at Cumbria County Council where she oversees the £2.5bn pension scheme.Miller will join CEO Rachel Elwell, who was appointed last month and will take up her role in December. In a statement announcing the appointment, BCPP said it expected to build a team of roughly 70 staff to be based in Leeds. Miller said: “I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to continue to take a leading role in the next phase of the journey that I started with our partner funds over two years ago, which was to create a long-term investment-driven pool, working solely for the benefit our members, sponsoring employers and taxpayers.”last_img read more

Mourinho takes swipe at corporates after Dier blow-up

first_img “The people that are in these privileged positions by the tunnel. Of course some are Tottenham fans but I think a lot of corporate, a lot of invitation, a lot of people with special status and probably it’s the place of the stadium where I sometimes have doubts over if they are the real Tottenham fans because these [real fans] are the ones who support the boys until the last. Read Also:Mourinho to tell Tottenham board to focus on Premier League or Europe “This person insulted Eric, this family was there. The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat did what we professionals cannot do, but did something that probably we would do.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes Loading… center_img Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, took aim at the fans near the tunnel at Spurs stadium after the Eric Dier incident. Jose Mourinho  Dier jumped into the stands to confront some supporters allegedly abusing his brother after their FA Cup defeat to Norwich City. Mourinho, while condemning Dier’s actions, also said: “The fans I think they were with the team until the last penalty kick which we missed.Advertisementlast_img read more