Sunday was Robin van Persie’s first experience of a Manchester derby, one of which he is absolutly delighted to have scored the winning goal so late on.
After Rafael da Silva was tripped by Carlos Tevez outside the box, van Persie stepped up with a left footed effort which was deflected off Samir Nasri into the bottom corner of the net past Joe Hart.
The defeat to Manchester City was the first Barclays Premier League defeat of the season & a result that puts Manchester United six-points clear at the top.
van Persie told Sky Sports:
“Anything will do, just to win, we had a really good start because of Wayne, two really good clinical finishes, good attacks and then we were in control.
“City always come back, so we knew that, and it’s a really special way to end the game: with the three points in a romantic way.”
A discussion before the free-kick between van Persie and Wayne Rooney:
“Wazza asked me: ‘What are you going to do? Are you going to shoot or cross it?’ I said: ‘I think I’ll have a shot.
Wayne Rooney said:
“It was obviously a difficult angle, but a player of Robin’s ability… we work on that together at the training ground. I had no doubt he could score from there and thankfully he’s won us the game.”
Wayne Rooney & Robin van Persie post-match interview