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Van Persie: I Wanted To Celebrate My Goal With Everybody

Robin van Persie secured the three points for Manchester United today in our 2-0 win over Stoke with a second half penalty. After scoring, he ran straight to the touchline to hug Sir Alex Ferguson, something none of our other players do. After Ferguson he went to the bench to celebrate with Alexander Büttner and co.

After the game, Van Persie revealed that he wanted to celebrate his 20th league goal with everyone.

“I had to score that one and thankfully it went in, and after that the relief of a couple of weeks came out, I would say,” laughed the Dutchman. “I wanted to celebrate with everyone; with the players, the staff, with all the players involved even on the bench because they’ve been great to me from day one. Even when sometimes it is a little bit harder, they still believe in me and they still support me and help me wherever they can. That’s why I wanted to join everyone.”

Sir Alex Ferguson also reacted to the goal celebration, in which Van Persie lifted him off his feet, claiming the striker could have killed him.

“He nearly killed me!” he joked. “He forgets I’m 71! I always think you should celebrate goals – the boys celebrated right away and it was an emotional part of it. The supporters were encouraged by that.”

If we beat West Ham and Aston Villa, and City drop a point against either Wigan, Spurs or West Ham, Van Persie will receive a guard of honour from Arsenal players upon his first return to the Emirates since leaving them for us.

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  1. best says:

    ppl said wat they want but Rvp is a good player and i love how he play ,i wish all the best for him and to score moore goals next season.

  2. Sidibey Tarawallie says:

    exactly gentle men , just a penalty you were happy as if it was your debut goal.One Reason why i think you have not proved well is that you won the golden boot last season and it pays off by you getting new employers in Manchester united and if you can win the the award again then you’ve proved a good employee.
    we need more goals and we need you to win the awards of the golden boot or you will rated just above valencia.

  3. Jigpig says:

    For crying out load, we actually won yesterday and there are still people moaning, I shudder to think what it would be like if we had dropped points.
    RvP was not the only one in the squad struggling to score goals. When he goes through a dry spell surely it’s up to others to contribute, the fact that they haven’t says something about the creativity of the side.

  4. Pav1878 says:

    I see your point Parryheid, but I don’t think he’s been missing at all.

    His assist column is impressive and he has led the line really well for us.

    Lets hope he is doing the flips at the emirates if they have to gives us the guard of honour! : )

  5. Marq says:


    Exactly. People perhaps didn’t know that we are leading the league in terms of goals scored from corner kicks. And who has been taking them?

  6. Hassan bakic says:

    Rvp really done it,great goal for great striker and we are nearly 20th title…oh rvp

  7. Ruks says:

    Pple 4get how much rvp has contributed on d field of play apart from goals. This guy gave us d hold up play we’v been lackin in henandez(no offence, hz stil developing) and gave us cutting edge we deeply lack in last years champions league.

  8. Warwick says:

    Loved his absolute delight (and maybe relief) at scoring


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