Van Persie free-kick fires Man Utd to 3-2 victory
It’s been a tough year for Manchester United fans. They have suffered from abuse from their city rivals Manchester City and they were desperate to gain their revenge. Last season Man City humiliated Utd by destroying them 6-1 and then in the last seconds of the Premier League season they snatched the title out of Man Utd’s grasp. Well today was a step away from them horrid memories for the Utd fans.
Man City started brightly and dominated the early proceedings only for Wayne Rooney to calmly slow the ball in to the bottom corner to see Man Utd take an early 1-0 advantage over their enemies. Soon after Utd and Rooney again, scored a second goal and it looked likely that Utd would ease to victory.
With changes being made, the introduction of Carlos Tevez inparticular, Man City were able to build momentum and get themselves back in to the match. Near the end of regulation Man City scored a goal to tie the game at two a piece and looked the more likely team to snatch a winner.
As the final seconds approached Manchester United won a free-kick and up stepped Robin Van Persie on his Manchester Derby debut match. Robin Van Persie smashed the ball, it deflected and flew past Joe Hart to ensure Manchester Untied had the early season bragging rights and a now comfortable 6 point lead over 2nd place, occupied by their opponents Man City.
Despite all of the positives there was a lot of drama in this fixture. Man City fans often tried to throw items such as coins at Utd players and eventually succeeded as they cut Rio Ferdinand’s face with an object. A Man City fan attempted to assault Ferdinand on the pitch, however rival City player Joe Hart stepped in and stopped the attack, earning himself the admiration of many people.
Although the Premier League has a long way to go this is a positive step for the red team of Manchester as they have put themselves in to a comfortable position. With Vidic and Kagawa to return Manchester United can get better, which is certainly a scary prospect for all of their rivals.