Bolt, Foster, Hatton & more: Twitter reacts as Man United win derby

Usain Bolt, Ben Foster and Ricky Hatton tweet their thoughts as Robin van Persie nets the winner in the Manchester derby

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Usain Bolt tweeted his excitement as Wayne Rooney put United ahead Photo: NJ Webb, via Flickr

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Robin van Persie scored a late winner to seal a 3-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester United moving six points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney netted twice in the opening 28 minutes to put the visitors in charge, but goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta appeared to have rescued a point – until Van Persie’s free-kick at the death.

Here is the best of the reaction from the professionals past and present on Twitter.

Newcastle United defender Warren Barton (@warrenbarton2) praises a sweeping United move: “Great move by United…”

Olympic 100 metre champion Usain Bolt ‏(@usainbolt) shows which club he supports: “Goooal @WayneRooney!!”

Nottingham Forest striker Billy Sharp (‏@billysharp10) never doubted Rooney’s quality: “Roooonneeyyyyyyy, another one getting stick for not scoring enough, he’s back amongst the goals!”

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour ‏(@RealRomfordPele) believes Mancini must make a change: “Man United. Very good in the first half. Mancini got to change it. Tevez must come on!”

Former Fulham striker Brian McBride (‏@BMcBride20) analyses the relationship between Mario Balotelli and Mancini: “Why not shake Balotelli’s hand? Then no one will question the relationship between the two.”

German tennis legend Boris Becker ‏(@Becker_Boris) is enjoying the derby after Yaya Toure scored: “Now we have a game …”

Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker (‏@GaryLineker) can see one famous face who lacks Becker’s enthusiasm: “I’m not sure Tom Cruise is that bothered about this game.”

Ex Spurs chairman Lord Sugar (‏@Lord_Sugar) can imagine Ferguson’s reaction: “2-2. It was coming. Fergie will be doing his nut in!!

Swansea star Wayne Routledge ‏(@WayneRoutledge) enjoys Van Persie’s winner: “What a game… Settled by RVP! #Wow”

Former Aston Villa man Ian Taylor (‏@IanTaylor7 ) is also impressed: “What…..a……finish…..to this game!!! @Persie_Official kicks #MCFC in the sweet ones!!! #ouch”

Stoke midfielder Jermaine Pennant ‏(@j_pennant) chimes in: “What Manchester derby that was…… Can’t beat a good ol goals galore derby can’t beat the feeling especially away!”

Boxer and City fan Ricky Hatton (‏@HitmanHatton) is gracious in defeat: “Thought we’d crawled it back, fair play City but I think these Manchester derbies lately are something else. Wow, fair play you dirty reds!”

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster ‏(@BenFoster) praises United’s spirit: “What a game that was!!!!! United never ever stop.”

Finally, Jason Euell ‏(@jasoneuell) states the obvious: “Man United to be champions & RVP leading scorer this year after that result. And I’m a Gooner. £24m good bit of business from the Arsenal. Not!”

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