Swansea 1 Manchester U 1

Sir Alex Ferguson

Swansea City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Liberty Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Dec­ember 23, 2012. Ac­cord­ing to man­ager Sir Al­ex Fer­guson, the Man­chester Uni­ted fans got their Christ­mas pre­sent when Robin van Per­sie ar­rived at the club at the start of the season.

Robin van Per­sie had an­oth­er ex­cel­lent ga­me for Man­chester Uni­ted as Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men gain­ed an im­port­ant point ag­ainst Swansea City at the Liberty Sta­dium. Born in Rot­ter­dam, Van Per­sie had played for loc­al te­ams SBV Ex­cel­si­or and Fey­enoord be­fore he bro­ught to new­ly crow­ned Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Ar­senal for a trans­fer fee in the re­gion of £2.75 mil­lion at the end of the 2003-04 cam­paign. Af­ter scor­ing 96 goals in 194 Pre­miership ap­pear­ances for The Gun­ners, the highly de­pend­able for­ward was then lured to Man­chester Uni­ted by Fer­guson for an es­tim­ated fee of £24 mil­lion in the sum­mer of 2012. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “I reck­on that we got our Christ­mas pre­sent early; right at the start of the sea­son when Robin van Per­sie ar­rived at Old Traf­ford. I am re­luct­ant to sub­scribe to the cult of the in­di­vidu­al but some­times there really is a situ­ation when you are lucky enough to find the last piece of the jig­saw. As we ap­proach the halfway point of the sea­son, I have no hes­it­a­tion say­ing that he has made a vi­tal dif­fer­ence to our chances of ma­king our ma­rk in this sea­son’s title race. It is quite re­mark­able how qui­ckly he has settled at Old Traf­ford. He is the con­sum­mate pro­fes­sion­al. He has a good life­style wi­th a great sense of re­spons­ib­il­ity. There is no doubt that he has mo­ved us for­ward as a te­am.” Swansea City Te­am: Michel Vorm, Dwight Tiend­alli, Chico, Ash­ley Wil­li­ams, Ben Dav­ies, Kemy Agus­tien, Le­on Brit­ton, Nat­han Dyer, Jon­athan De Guz­man, Mi­guel Pe­rez Cuesta, Way­ne Rout­ledge. Sub­stitutes: Itay Shechter, Lu­ke Moore, Garry Monk, Ki Sung-yueng, Jazz Richards, Dan­ny Gra­ham, Ger­hard Trem­mel. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Phil Jones, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Jon­athan Evans, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Va­lencia, Tom Clev­er­ley, Robin van Per­sie, Way­ne Roo­ney, Ash­ley Young. Sub­stitutes: Ry­an Gig­gs, Paul Scho­les, Javi­er Her­nandez, Al­ex­an­der Buttner, Dar­ren Fletch­er, An­ders Lindegaard.


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