Goal of the Day: Van Persie's derby winner
As we soak up Saturday's victory over Manchester City, enjoy another famous Etihad winner in today's 'Goal of the Day...
Date: 9 December 2012, Etihad Stadium, Premier League
Background: United and City came into this derby day encounter as the top two in the Premier League – a victory for the Reds would open up a six-point lead ahead of the busy Christmas period. Wayne Rooney struck twice from close-range in the first-half to put Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in control before Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta drew City level late on. Rather than remain content to take a decent point back across Manchester, the Reds kept pushing for a winner before, in stoppage time, Rafael won a free-kick in a dangerous area after being tripped by ex-Red Carlos Tevez.
What happened next: Van Persie ended the 12/13 season with 30 goals in all competitions, as United were crowned Premier League champions for the 20th time.
“It got a little deflection but it was a wicked shot by Robin, which he is capable of doing of
course,” said Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I thought the whole game he had them on the back foot and we
worked off of that quite a lot.”