Robin van Persie says he will be returning “home” when he returns to Old Trafford with Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday.

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van persie ffffThe striker signed for Manchester United in 2012 from Arsenal and netted 58 goals for the club in 105 appearances, also helping Sir Alex Ferguson claim his 13th title in his final year in charge by winning the Premier League’s golden boot. However, injuries and a loss of form ultimately led to a frosty end to his Manchester United career when Louis van Gaal sold him to Fenerbahce in 2015.

On Thursday, Van Persie returns to Old Trafford to face Manchester United with Fenerbahce in the Europa League group stage and he told MUTV that he is looking forward to lining up against his former side.

The 33-year-old said, “It will be a special occasion and a special game for me. I know Manchester United want to be in the Champions League, but it is how it is now and for me it is a very special group in the Europa League. In the last match I had a game against one of my first teams, Feyenoord, and next it’s United. I am looking forward to it.

“I am now playing for Fenerbahce and I want to do well for my team but of course it will be special to play at home in a great stadium with great fans against a great team. It will be tough for us. United are the favourites, but you never know what will happen. In general I am looking forward to a nice evening and enjoying the whole experience.”

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