Ferguson lauds Man Utd after 3-2 victory over Man City – Persie hails memorable goal
Robin van Persie delivered Manchester United with a memorable victory by scoring on a deflected free-kick against Manchester City in the dying moments of Sunday’s mega showdown at the Etihad Stadium. The 29-year-old Netherlands international reckons his goal will always remind him of how special it is to win the Manchester derby.
The former Arsenal forward scored after Manchester City came back from two goals down, courtesy of Wayne Rooney, with goals coming from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta. Robin van Persie, who arrived at Manchester United this summer, has now scored 11 goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season.
“We had a really good start, because of Wayne two really good, clinical finishes,” Robin van Persie told Sky Sports 1 after the game. “We were in control, but City always come back. It's a really special way to end this game, with the three points in a really dramatic way.”
Victory over archrivals Manchester City has granted Manchester United with a six-point lead on top of the Premier League table. Manchester City’s defeat also ended their two-year long unbeaten run at home.
“To go six points clear, to beat our closest rivals, we're delighted. We're going to celebrate,” Robin van Persie added.
The Manchester derby ended in an unpleasant manner with Rio Ferdinand being hit by a coin from the crowd that caused bleeding just above his eye. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart quickly stepped in to diffuse the situation as Rio Ferdinand walked to the sidelines to patch-up.
“I think it was a great atmosphere, everyone was supporting their team. I missed the thing with Rio,” Robin van Persie concluded.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who had earlier described this victory over Manchester City as one of the biggest of his Manchester United career, claimed his side deserved the win.
“Today was a special one simply because they haven't lost at home for two years, both of us are contending at the top of the league,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “It was a fantastic game, you couldn't take your eyes off that.”
“Absolutely. I think we played very well,” Sir Alex Ferguson said when he was questioned if Manchester United deserved to win the game. “I thought we should have finished the game off. It's a funny game football. It should have been 3-0, the goal was perfectly onside, then they go up and score.
“Football can kick you in the teeth that way. Then they scored the second goal and at that moment in time they deserved that. They came back, were fighting like hell, they gambled everything on the three strikers. But up to that point I thought we were far better than them.”