Sir Alex Ferguson surprised by Van Persie’s missed penalty
Manchester United claimed a 3-2 win at Southampton on Sunday, with Robin van Persie scoring all three goals for the Red Devils and the Dutchman also managed to miss from the penalty spot.
September 2nd, 2012
The scoreline was 2-1 to the Saints when Van Persie stepped up for his spot kick, although an attempted dink was saved by Kelvin Davis, with the striker gaining a reprieve by scoring a second and third goal for his new team.
After the match, Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for RVP although admitted that he was taken aback by Van Persie’s style of penalty.
“I was surprised because every time I have seen him take a penalty he rattles it in the corners,” the United boss said of Van Persie, who has now reached 100 Premier League goals.
“He made up for it, though. He had six attempts on goal and was a real threat.
“His first goal was absolutely magnificent – the control and then to bury it away. It was a really, really good goal.
“His header was excellent too, but he has been a terrific player for us.
“I just thought we started the game so well and went a goal down when we were controlling the game. That puts you on the back foot a bit.
“We got an equaliser at the right time and that gave us time to organise ourselves and make sure we controlled the second half.
“It didn’t go that way and I thought Southampton for the first 20 minutes were very good.”
Saints have no points from their three opening matches, although narrow 3-2 defeats against both Manchester clubs suggest they could be OK this season.