Manchester United fans name their man of the match v Southampton

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Manchester United supporters voted Robin van Persie their man of the match on Facebook following Monday night's victory over Southampton.

Robin van Persie was voted man of the match by supporters on Facebook after Manchester United beat Ronald Roeman's Southampton side 2-1 at the St. Mary's Stadium. 

The 31-year-old earned a massive 75% of the vote, beating off competition from David de Gea (16%) and Ashley Young (9%), to earn the accolade in a game where United came out with all three points despite a close encounter.

Thanks to some poor defending, Van Persie was able to find the back of the net early into the first-half after getting onto the end of a back pass and placing it low into the net.

The impressive Graziano Pelle hit back for Southampton 20 minutes later, but the Saints couldn't find a reply for United's and Van Persie's second after a Wayne Rooney free-kick found the Dutchman at the back post. 

After the game, the man of the match winner felt in a reflective mood, stating the win ''felt like the old days''.

''They [the supporters] were unbelievable. I just want to say that it felt like the old days, like two years ago. It was a really special day, and they were unbelievable,'' Van Persie told MUTV.

''I want to thank them because I know they've been travelling from all over England, maybe some from abroad. It's a long journey. Thanks everyone for coming. You are absolutely amazing.''

After firing United to the title in the 2012-13 season, scoring 26 goals in the full 38 appearances, Van Persie managed just 21 league games last year, accumulating just 12 goals. 

This season, similar to last, the Dutchman has had a slow start, netting just six goals in 14 appearances. However, three of his six goals have come in his last three appearances for the club, giving him a good platform to build upon.

The win on Monday night was United's fifth in a row and after languishing near mid-table earlier in the season, they now sit in third and look on course for a top four finish.

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