Ok, you may well be a Manchester United fan. If not, chances are, you hate Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils. But even the most die hard City or Liverpool supporter would have to agree that Robin Van Persie’s last gasp equaliser against West Ham this evening was just phenomenal. First, the darting run for Ryan Giggs to pick him out was fantastic. But then, to pluck the ball out of the sky at that height, at that speed, as if it were flat as a flitter was sublime. Once Van Persie got beyond James Tomkins there was no doubt as to where the ball was ending up – even on his “weaker” right foot. Had that been a Premier League game, Luis Suárez and Theo Walcott may well have just seen their chances of winning Goal Of The Season vanish into thin air.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini said recently that United’s Dutch marksman could well prove the difference between the two sides in the race for the Premier League title this season. Spot on. RVP has carried over his form from Arsenal last season to Old Trafford in a seamless transition and is arguably looking an even better player than he was for the Gunners. After all, he only finished third last season. This season, he’s top at Christmas. And after saving his team this evening in the FA Cup at Upton Park, Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie’s treble dream remains very much alive.