Van Persie’s move from the Gunners to United was officially confirmed on Friday.
“Robin’s transfer to Manchester United is fantastic not just for himself, but for Dutch football in general too,” Van Gaal told Algemeen Dagblad.
“Robin followed his heart in this matter.”
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