yellow cards, as United largely dominated the match without showing too much ruthlessness in front of goal.
Surprisingly, van Persie was one of many Reds to spurn chances to score after the half-time break and perhaps should have done better with a glorious opportunity midway through the second half when his low shot was tipped just wide by goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
However, the Dutchman is content with his solitary strike against his former club, despite admitting he should have scored more than just once: “Yes I did have an easy chance in the second half. I didn’t expect so much time on the ball to be fair.
“I thought that Thomas Vermaelen was a bit closer to me so I decided to shoot quickly. It was a bad choice because I could have taken one more touch and finished it. I should’ve scored two but I am happy with one.
“As I said, it was a special day. It was the first time I have ever played against my former club because I only have three. It was a special day but in the end it is about the game, which we won so I am pleased with that.”