Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Robin van Persie after the striker’s hat-trick secured Manchester United’s 20th league title against Aston Villa.
Van Persie scored a 33-minute hat-trick against Aston Villa at Old Trafford to secure the Barclays Premier League title and taking back the trophy from rivals Manchester City.
After the game, Sir Alex Ferguson said:
“He has made a fantastic contribution to our season
“In terms of impact he has had as big as an impact as anyone I can imagine. Cantona was an incredible impact player and I have been very, very lucky I have had some fantastic strikers right through, probably 10 great strikers at the club.
“I think we had an expectation. His performance for Arsenal last year was sensational and I remember Arsene (Wenger) saying to me ‘he’s a better player than you think’ when we concluded the deal and I think he was right. He’s in his mature years and winning the league meant the world to him.”
Robin van Persie’s second goal against Aston Villa was a contender for goal of the season with a beautiful strike from a long Wayne Rooney ball.
“Of the century for me. It was a marvellous hit, head down, over the ball, perfect timing – a magnificent strike. He’s been unbelievable, his early form in the first six months was fantastic. He had the spell where he didn’t score but he was unbelievable.”