Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie appeared on popular Sky One TV show ‘A League Of Their Own’ back in 2019 and it quickly turned awkward.
The 39-year-old joined former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and comedian Romesh Ranganathan on the episode hosted by James Cordon.
It was all going smoothly for van Persie until Ranganathan, a huge Arsenal fan, gave his brutally honest thoughts on his fellow guest.
Cordon asked the comedian whether he was “excited” by being on the same show as “one of Manchester United’s greatest ever strikers.”
Then, in a quite awkward series of events, Ranganathan says: “You’re a pr*** mate” before the audience burst into laughter.
Van Persie gave a polite smile but you can just sense the situation was a little uncomfortable for the former Arsenal striker, who spent eight successful years under Arsene Wenger before leaving in 2012.
Van Persie has been regarded as one of Sir Alex Feguson’s greatest coups and it’s hard to disagree.
He made a huge impact for the Red Devils in his brief three year spell leading the line at Old Trafford.
Image Credit: Alamy’RVP’ fit United’s team like a glove and formed a sensational partnership with Wayne Rooney. Watching that volley against Aston Villa tells you all you need to know.
Left foot, right foot, long range, headers, tap-ins. There were no limits to van Persie’s talents in that debut season.
It wouldn’t last forever however. Ferguson retired in 2013, which caught van Persie off guard, and David Moyes walked through the door.
They’d finish seventh that year and Moyes was gone in April, replaced by Louis van Gaal that summer.
Van Gaal took over after managing the Netherlands to third place in the 2014 World Cup, a tournament van Persie thrived in.
He still didn’t manage to recapture that first season form and after 10 goals in 27 games, he’d depart for Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in 2015.