‘Special day’: Robin van Persie delighted to score against old club Arsenal as Manchester United go top

By Paddy von Behr

Robin van Persie described his goalscoring role in Manchester United’s win over Arsenal at Old Trafford as ‘special’.

The Dutchman, facing a former club for the first time in his career, struck in the third minute, setting up a crucial three points that sent United top.

Van Persie was delighted to get on the scoresheet for the ninth time this season and, more importantly, to secure the win for his new club.

“It was a special day,” said Van Persie.

“It is the first time ever I have played against my former club, but in the end it is about the game and we won it, I am pleased with that.”

“We were a bit sloppy with the chances we did not take, we should have scored more but we got three points.”

The striker has settled in well at Old Trafford, but he also enjoyed a number of successful years with Arsenal.

As a tribute to his old club, he didn’t celebrate his goal – the respect both managers said they hoped Van Persie would receive from supporters.

“I played there for eight years,” said Van Persie.

“I had a fantastic time there and I respect the fans, manager, players and the whole club so that is why I didn’t celebrate.”

United were awarded a penalty shortly before half time as Santi Cazorla was penalized for handball, but Wayne Rooney put the spot-kick wide.

In the second half, Patrice Evra doubled United’s lead and Jack Wilshere was sent off, before Cazorla scored a late consolation goal for the visitors.

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