The spectacular summer signing may have seen a penalty saved by Kelvin Davis but his two late strikes sparked amazing scenes on the South Coast as he left the pitch applauding the jubilant visiting fans and carrying the match-ball.
It may be odds-on that the former Arsenal skipper will add the fans' best player accolade to his list of achievements at St Mary's but there are three other contenders in the frame.
Antonio Valencia caused damage down the right flank and set up the Reds' first goal while Rafael may have been outjumped by Rickie Lambert but his performance caught the eye and it was his centre that led to Rio Ferdinand hitting a post in the build-up to the second equaliser.
Paul Scholes is also included, despite only coming on for the final half-hour or so, after earning effusive praise from both van Persie and Sir Alex Ferguson for changing the game with his passing and probing. Cast your vote here.