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Robin Van Persie

South­ampton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, St Mary´s Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Dec­ember 8, 2014. Man­chester Uni­ted ma­naged to edge out Ron­ald Koeman´s South­ampton si­de by 2-1 at St Mary´s. Robin van Per­sie sco­red for Uni­ted in the 12th and 71st min­utes re­spect­ively, whi­le Grazi­ano Pelle fou­nd the net for So­ton one min­ute pa­st the ha­lf-hour mark.

Man­chester Uni­ted came in­to this Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­ture on the back of a 2-1 vic­tory ag­ainst Sto­ke City at Old Traf­ford, whi­le South­ampton had suf­fered a 1-0 de­feat at the hands of Ar­senal at Emir­ates Sta­dium in their pre­vi­ous mat­ch. Da­vid de Gea had en­joyed a great ga­me ag­ainst The Pot­ters and the 24-year-old goal­keeper was just as im­press­ive at St Mary´s. Man­chester Uni­ted push­ed them­selves in­to an early 1-0 lead tho­ugh Robin van Per­sie af­ter twelve min­utes of fierce ac­tion, but The Saints hit back thanks to a goal from sum­mer sign­ing Grazi­ano Pelle in the 31st min­ute of play. The Old Traf­ford club ev­entually re­stored the lead when Van Per­sie con­ver­ted a dan­ger­ous free-kick from Way­ne Roo­ney in the 71st min­ute of the tussle to make it 2-1 to the vis­it­ing te­am, and al­though the So­uth Coast­ers push­ed hard for a goal dur­ing the clos­ing sta­ges, the ho­me play­ers failed in their at­tempts to turn pres­sure in­to an equal­iser. The closely con­tested away tri­umph ag­ainst South­ampton was Man­chester United´s fifth Pre­mier Lea­gue con­sec­ut­ive vic­tory, and Louis van Gaal´s boys now fou­nd them­selves in third place in the Pre­mier Lea­gue ta­ble, one point in front of West Ham Uni­ted in fourth po­s­i­tion. South­ampton Te­am: Fraser For­ster, Nath­aniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida, Ry­an Ber­trand, Ste­ven Dav­is, Dusan Tadic, Vic­tor Wan­yama, Sa­d­io Mane, Shane Long, Grazi­ano Pelle. Sub­stitutes: Flor­in Gar­dos, Matt Tar­gett, Har­ris­on Re­ed, Jake Hes­keth, Lloyd Is­grove, Em­manuel May­uka, Kelvin Dav­is. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Pad­dy McNair, Chris Small­ing, Mar­cos Rojo, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ash­ley Young, Va­lencia, Ma­ta, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Robin van Per­sie, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: An­der Her­rera, Ra­damel Fal­cao, Ja­mes Wil­son, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Jon­ny Evans, An­ders Lindegaard.

 

Robin van Persie Quickfacts

Robin van Per­sie re­gistered his fir­st Pre­mier Lea­gue goal for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 3-2 tri­umph ag­ainst Ful­ham at Old Traf­ford on the 25th of Au­gust 2012 and fol­lowed up by scor­ing a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Pre­miership new­comers South­ampton at St Mary´s Sta­dium the fol­low­ing weekend. 

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