other, helping each other out where possible. We did that and we fought hard. We got the result we wanted.”
Victory had appeared to be sewn up after Vidic deflected home Evra's header shortly after the half-time break until Liverpool’s new-signing Daniel Sturridge produced a shock riposte, forcing United to cling on to a narrow advantage amid nervy scenes at Old Trafford.
“We didn’t really want that because when you have a two-goal lead you want to keep it for as long as possible and they scored five or six minutes [after our second goal],” van Persie admitted. “Then we had to go again and we had to find the right balance to try and score a third goal but not forget our defensive work.
“It was only a one goal difference so it was a bit tricky and they had a couple of chances, but overall I think it was a deserved win. It was a great game and a very honest game. The defence was great again and it was a proper football game.”
Sunday’s encounter at Old Trafford had van Persie lining up alongside Danny Welbeck, providing a rare glimpse of a partnership that hasn’t featured too often this season. Clearly impressed, the Dutchman was full of praise for his young sidekick after the final whistle.
“He [Welbeck] played really well. I think he was good in the combinations and played a big part in the build-up to the first goal, passing and moving to make