“I am quite disappointed about the penalty. I ask a certain standard from my game and when something like that happens when you are 2-1 down. It is me to blame. I don’t know what went wrong but it is something I have to work on.” Robin van Persie
Speaking to Sky Sports News today, United goalscoring legend Dwight Yorke today heaped praise on Robin van Persie after he netted his first hat-trick in a United shirt in a thrilling 3-2 victory to Southampton.
He said: “A fully fit van Persie is a handful and a half and he’s proven that yesterday with his hat-trick.
“It’s great for Manchester United. For the fans, they’ve been crying out for somebody alongside Rooney and Welbeck. To have him in your attack is certainly going to go from strength to strength.”
“Despite all of that, he has shown his quality scoring his hat-trick. On another day, another player would of gone missing but again, that’s what big players do.” Dwight Yorke
Yorke was also keen to point out that the failed ‘Panenka’ penalty is something that shouldn’t take away from the quality of the overall performance from van Persie. He rightly pointed out that the real testament to his class from the match was that he scored twice after missing the penalty when United were losing 2-1. He could of easily buried his head in the sand but didn’t.
He said: “It’s always stemmed from confidence[taking a ‘Panenka’] . It’s not something you turn up and do.
“You practice those things in training. It’s just when the moment is right you to try it.
“The attempt was very audacious but he didn’t get it up high enough but the keeper done well to keep it out.”
It wasn’t the first time that Robin van Persie had tried the cheeky chip penalty. He successfully converted one in the Premier League against Wolves last season. As Jonathan Pearce so aptly put it, he ‘tickled the ball’.
In the same fashion as Robin van Persie heaped praise on the evergreen Paul Scholes in his post match interview, Dwight Yorke hailed the ginger genius that has helped United tick for so many years.
He said: “He’s a special player. Having the pleasure of playing alongside Paul, I know what a fantastic player he is. He’s been arguably the best player that I have played alongside.”
“It is great to see other players understand when we talk about Paul Scholes, the delight that he is, what he brings to the team and the control and awareness of his pass and vision is just amazing.” Dwight Yorke
“Even at the grand old age of 37, he’s continued to do the wonderful thing that we all admire about him.
“I’m sure that he will play an essential part like he has always done in his 20 years at Manchester United.
“I’m sure he will appreciate the quality that Paul Scholes brings to the team.”