Van Persie explains Stoke celebration with Ferguson

by Sam Peoples

Sir Alex Ferguson praised Robin van Persie after he broke a drought of 12 and a half hours without finding the net by scoring against Stoke.

The Dutch international had gone ten league games since last scoring but he ended that run after winning and converting a  penalty to score his 20th Premier League goal this season.

Van Persie‘s relief was obvious as he reeled off in jubilant celebration towards the dugout before embracing Ferguson and celebrating with the bench.

And Ferguson insists he was never worried about his drought. Speaking after the game, he said:

“You go through spells when you don’t score where you never think you’re ever going to get a goal, and then when you are scoring you think you’re never going to miss.

“Today was an important goal.¬†He did really good work from Wayne’s pass to get brought down for the penalty.

“The ball moved off the spot two or three times, the composure to settle himself down and the penalty kick was a perfect penalty. Low hard, straight into the corner, great penalty.”

Ferguson might have been happy with van Persie ending his barren run without a goal but he certainly didn’t expect that sort of celebration.

“He nearly killed me. He forgets I’m 71,” he jokingly added.

“But that was a great celebration because it brought the emotions of the fans and the players together, everybody could celebrate that.”

Despite Manchester City’s one game advantage, United are 15 points clear with six games remaining and are cruising towards a record 20th title with only seven points required from the remaining games to clinch it.

United could win the title as early as Aston Villa in a weeks time or even at van Persie‘s previous home – the Emirates.

Robin van Persie himself also spoke of his relief of finally finding the net against Stoke City.

“It was an important point in the game,” he said after the game.

“I had to score that one and thankfully it went in, so after that the relief of a couple of weeks came out.

“I wanted to celebrate it with everyone, with the players, with the staff, all the players involved even on the bench because they have been great with me from day one.

“Even when it was sometimes a little bit harder they still believed in me and they still support me and help me wherever they can, so that’s why I wanted to join them.”

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