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Southampton 2 Manchester United 3, St Mary´s Stadium, English Premier League, September 2, 2012. Robin van Persie saved the day for Manchester United by proving that he still knew how to find the net. The Dutchman scored a brilliant treble as Sir Alex Ferguson´s team narrowly edged out Premier League newcomers Southampton 3-2 at St Mary´s.
Once again, Robin van Persie caught the eye with an excellent goal scoring performance. Rickie Lambert gave Nigel Adkins´s Southampton troops the lead after eighteen minutes of action, only for Van the Man to equalise for Manchester United in the twenty-third minute of the contest. The Saints regained their advantage through a header from Morgan Schneiderlin ten minutes into the second half, but Van Persie managed to turn the game against recently promoted Southampton around by registering two late goals within five minutes to secure a fully deserved 3-2 win for United against the South Coasters at St Mary´s in what was Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1000th League match as head coach of the Old Trafford club. During his eight years with Arsenal, Robin van Persie had notched up an astonishing 96 senior goals from 194 Premier League appearances for the North London side. A natural born marksman, the high-flying forward had now started to repay his £22 million transfer fee by plundering four goals in just two Premier League starts for Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson: “I think that Robin van Persie is what we have needed for the last couple of years. He has got maturity to his game now, and I think that we will benefit for the next four years and beyond. We needed a finished player. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are both coming to the end and I need mature top players to replace the two of them.” Southampton Team: Kelvin Davis, Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Jos Hooiveld, Danny Fox, Morgan Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Jason Puncheon, James Ward-Prowse, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert. Substitutes: Paolo Gazzaniga, Frazer Richardson, Guly Do Prado, Jay Rodriguez, Danny Seaborne, Emmanuel Mayuka, Tadanari Lee. Manchester United Team: Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Shinji Kagawa, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Valencia, Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie. Substitutes: David de Gea, Jonathan Evans, Ryan Giggs, Nani, Paul Scholes, Nick Powell, Javier Hernandez.
Manchester United Quickfacts
After a mediocre start to the 1992-93 campaign with one draw and two defeats from their first three games, Manchester gained their first win of the season by defeating Southampton by 1-0 at The Dell on the 24th of August 1992 through a goal from Dion Dublin with a minute left of normal time.