Van Persie thrilled by late Manchester derby goal

Robin van Persie has praised Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney his derby brace against Manchester City, and admitted that scoring an injury time winner against the Premier League champions was a special feeling, the Daily Mail has reported.

Rooney’s double put United in front with half an hour played and United held on to the lead until late in the match. Yaya Toure pulled a goal back but it was not until the 86th minute, when Pablo Zabaleta scored, that City were level. But van Persie’s free-kick, which deflected off Samir Nasri in the City wall, put United back in front, six points clear at the top of the table.

The goal also sparked ugly scenes as United celebrated, with Rio Ferdinand left bloody after being struck by a coin, while a City supporter ran onto the pitch to confront Ferdinand, only to be stopped by City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

After the match, van Persie said: “We had a really good start, because of Wayne two really good, clinical finishes. We were in control, but City always come back. It’s a really special way to end this game, with the three points in a really dramatic way.

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