Patrick Vieira played a major role in helping Robin van Persie learn how to deal with pressure.
Van Persie moved from United to Fenerbahce, but has not featured for the club since September 13.
Van Peraie who made his 100th appearance in Netherlands win over Kazakhstan has been stripped of his captaincy by Blind.
“When you’re young you don’t know how to deal with situations like this,” Van Persie was quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror.
“But let me explain who was my guide to a great balance in life. Patrick Vieira showed me how to stay mentally strong and cope with all the pressures.
“My first season at Arsenal was Patrick’s last. There were lots of stories about him going to Real Madrid. There was so much happening around this guy, it was incredible, and yet he was a tower of strength and an icon of calmness.
“He just remained our natural leader. Nothing could affect him. He was totally in balance, he was on top of everything and felt he could master it all.
“As a young player I was completely in awe of him. I admired that mental strength in him, and I think everybody else did.”