One of the underlying stories of the current Premier League season is the amount of time required before it is acceptable to celebrate scoring, or winning, against a former club.
Apparently, 15 months is still too soon as the social media vitriol hurled toward Manchester United attacker Robin van Persie for his ebullience following his strike against Arsenal, a club he called home for eight years, began unpleasant, bordered on distasteful and ended explicit.
It is also in contrast to how box-to-box midfield sensation Aaron Ramsey reacted to netting against the club where his star was formed when Arsenal out-gunned Cardiff City by three goals to nil last weekend. It was muted, dignified (akin to van Persie's against the Gunners last year) and well received by the home fans in Leckwith who applauded their academy product.
Current United boss David Moyes was no doubt appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor due to the loyalty and consistent good work he produced when bossing Everton, a team he now finds himself up against when United host Everton at Old Trafford this evening, Wednesday.
The reigning Premier League champions are in desperate need of victory in order to get their challenge for this season's crown back on track, so there are questions over whether, or how, Moyes will celebrate against a club, and in front of the away fans, who once paid his wage and supported his decisions.
'Well I've not planned it or thought about it,' said Moyes to the amusement of assembled media members at a press conference this week. 'All I know is I'm manager of Manchester United I've got great respect for Everton… the players, chairman, supporters but my point of view is I'm manager here now and I don't think they'd expect any different from me.'
Ramsey and RVP. pic.twitter.com/xnB1JCWRFD— Everything Football™ (@FootballlLove) November 30, 2013
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