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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie scored a goal that defied logic at the World Cup in Brazil a year ago today - much has changed since then.

The World Cup in Brazil was a roaring success for any number of reasons but one match that typified everything that was brilliant about the FIFA tournament came a year ago today when 2010 finalists Holland and Spain faced off.

It was a game that featured shocks, goals by the bucket load and football of such quality it will remain worthy of repeat viewing for years to come.

For Holland, it was sweet revenge, with Spain put to the sword in a 5-1 drubbing few could have imagined was on the cards, even at half-time.

For Louis van Gaal, it was a match that helped the Dutchman finally exorcise some of the demons that may still have haunted him following his disastrous first stint in charge of the national side.

More importantly, it set down a marker ahead of his move to Manchester United and showed just why those behind the scenes at Old Trafford had identified him as the man to replace David Moyes.

And then there was Robin Van Persie.

Going into the tournament off the back of an injury-plagued season at United in which he managed 18 goals in 28 outings, he was determined to improve on the single-goal tallies he had managed at the 2006 and 2010 finals.

He would do exactly that, finishing with four goals in Brazil, but it was his first against Spain that secured the Dutchman a place in World Cup folklore.

Whatever happens to Van Persie next, the goal he scored against the reigning world and European champions will always be remembered in the same way Dennis Bergkamp's sensational strike against Argentina is.

A true one-off, his diving lob header remains a thing of beauty and should have arguably beaten James Rodriguez's volleyed effort against Uruguay to the goal-of-the-tournament award.

It was a goal that hinted at a bright future for the Dutchman at Manchester United, as he ran to the touchline to high-five his future club manager Van Gaal.

But the season that followed has been one of disappointment for RVP though not necessarily Manchester United.

The 31-year-old has managed just 10 goals in 29 games, with injury and a loss of form contributing to his worst goal return since the 2009-10 season.

RVP managed 10 goals in just 19 games that year, too, making his current malaise all the more apparent.

There is talk of a move away from Old Trafford this summer but, for today, let's simply remember Van Persie for the player he was and still can be.

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