How fans reacted to Robin van Persie’s Manchester United return

Robin van Persie made a sensational return to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Dutch striker who was a cult hero during his three years at the club faced his former employers for the first time since his £3.84 million departure to Turkish giants, Fenerbahçe, in 2015.

Prior to joining the Red Devils in 2012, van Persie spent eight years at Arsenal where he notched an impressive 132 goals in 277 games. However, it was at United the 33-year-old striker finally got it right by winning the Premier League title in just his first season at the club. He achieved this feat in grand style by hitting 26 goals in the league to also clinch the Golden Boot award for most goals.

As expected, his entrance to Old Trafford was greeted with great cheers and applauds from the home fans.

Paul Pogba scored twice with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard also on target as the Red Devils went four up after just 48 minutes.

This was certainly not the kind of homecoming van Persie must have hoped for as he struggled to make a meaningful impact.

However, despite the huge goal difference and United’s dominance, van Persie still managed to get his name on the scoresheet for the visitors.

He displayed great composure to score with only his second touch inside the opposition box throughout the game.

It was definitely an emotional moment for the former Arsenal captain whose goal against the Res Devils was only his second of the season and 32nd at Old Trafford.

He received a standing ovation from fans after his strike with former United coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, spotted applauding the Dutchman.

“The fans reaction was very special. It was a wonderful feeling,”the Dutchman revealed.

The victory takes United to six points from three games and second in Group A behind Feyenoord.

However, besides the enthusiast at the stadium, here’s a glimpse of how fans reacted to van Persie’s return to United on Twitter.