Earlier in the day reports had suggested that a deal to bring the striker to Old Trafford could be concluded tonight, and some outlets even suggested that Van Persie was in in Manchester undergoing a medical.
Yet both appear to be way off the mark, as Sir Alex appeared frustrated by Arsenal, saying:
“We have made a bid and they’ve been trying to negotiate with other clubs. I don’t have a gut feeling on it at the moment, I must admit. We’re not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal, it’s difficult to say why they’re operating this way.
“I don’t know what their thoughts are because they’re not giving anything away.
“I can’t give you any more information, we just have to persevere. We are trying our best and hopefully it will come our way but there’s no progress at this moment in time.”
Again this is a move that will come as a surprise to United fans and football fans in general as Sir Alex is usually guarded when it comes to transfers.
This is the second time he has spoken publicly about trying to sign Van Persie and the second player he has publicly courted this summer.