RVP knocks the wind out of Ferguson in celebration during Man Utd’s 2-0 over Stoke
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson joked about Robin van Persie killing him with his celebration after the Dutchman ended his two-month goal drought during the 2-0 victory over Stoke City on Sunday. The victory also saw Manchester United reacquire their 15-point lead on top of the Premier League table.
The former Arsenal striker scored through a second-half penalty kick after he was fouled inside the box. Before the goal on Sunday, Robin van Persie last scored for United in the victory over Everton on February 10.
After scoring the goal against Stoke City, Robin van Persie sprinted along the touchline to jump into the open arms of his manager, who wobbled backwards as he celebrated with huge excitement.
“He nearly killed me,” Sir Alex Ferguson exclaimed. “He forgets I'm 71. It was a great celebration as it brought the emotion of the players and the fans together. We really did celebrate that.”
“For all strikers, and I was one myself, you go through spells when you are not scoring and thinking you will never get a goal,” Sir Alex Ferguson added. “Then when you are scoring you never think you are going to miss.
“It was an important goal and there were two or three things about it. He did really good work from Wayne's pass to get to the penalty. Then the ball moved off the spot two or three times and he showed composure to settle himself down and score a perfect penalty - low, hard and into the corner.”
Victory over Stoke City was Sir Alex Ferguson’s 900th win as Manchester United manager. The victory also means Manchester United are now in need of only seven more points in order to mathematically win the Premier League.
“We are a game closer,” Sir Alex Ferguson remarked on the issue. “The important thing is not to take our eye off the ball.”
Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with the way his team performed against Stoke City. The Scotsman was happy to see his side fight for the ball from start till the end of the game.
“The players were fantastic. There was all the ingredients for a shock: windy, ball moving through the wind and it's never easy to come here anyway,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “The character of the team is showing and I don't think you can leave your character in the dressing room.”