Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys started rumours before the start of the United – Arsenal clash that Robin van Persie has been left out by United boss David Moyes.
However, it transpired that Moyes hadn’t lost his marbles and RVP was given the chance to lead the United attack against his former team.
He played well in all aspects and deserved his goal, making a slick run to the near post to meet a Wayne Rooney corner, sending the ball into the far corner past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Van Persie’s celebration created quite a buzz on Twitter as he wheeled away in emphatic fashion when plenty of players suggest it’s a cardinal sin to celebrate against a team you once represented.
However, van Persie was subjected to some not so nice abuse from the travelling Arsenal fans, which made the celebration understandable.
The goal was van Persie’s seventh of the season, which is a very decent return considering he hasn’t been playing anywhere near his best for the club.
The result was significant for United for several reasons, most notably because it moved them above local rivals Manchester City, a point behind Chelsea and onto the same number of points as Spurs.
Van Persie was replaced late on by Belgian Marouane Fellaini as Moyes looked to sure up the midfield, with Wayne Rooney moving into the sole striker role.
Needless to say the Dutchman got a terrific reception from the United home crowd, support that was echoed by several United fans on Twitter after the match.
United return with an away trip to Cardiff City in the Premier League after the international break and a trip to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. December then starts off with an away trip to Tottenham and a home game against Everton.
We love you robin we do We love you robin we do We love you robin we doooo Ahhh robin we love you!! United!!!!! #RVP— jimmy mufc smith (@jimmysmith89) November 10, 2013
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