Man United players poked fun at Van Persie about celebration, says Evra

Patrice Evra reveals he and his Manchester United team-mates mocked Robin van Persie for his goal celebration on Sunday

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Patrice Evra says United players have been giving Robin van Persie "stick" Photo: The Sport Review

Patrice Evra has revealed that the Manchester United players poked fun at Robin van Persie about his celebration after he ended his 10-game run without a goal in Sunday’s victory at Stoke City.

The Dutchman, who has been in largely prolific form since joining the Red Devils from Arsenal last summer, finally found the net from the penalty spot in the 2-0 win at the Britannia Stadium as United took a step closer to the title.

The striker immediately ran to the technical area and embraced Sir Alex Ferguson after slotting home his second-half spot-kick, his first goal for his club since 10 February.

Van Persie has now netted 20 Premier League goals in his first season at Old Trafford, but Evra says the United players have given the 29-year-old plenty of stick for his celebration at the Britannia.

“It has been difficult for Robin. He has had a lot of stick from us. For two or three days we have been getting at him!” Evra was quoted as saying on United’s website.

“To be fair, Robin told us he was really emotional. He had not scored for 10 games. [With his celebration] he just showed the passion and the way he wanted to win.

“He said to us, ‘Hands up guys, it was an emotional game. I did it, it is OK, we can move on now’.

“It was nice. I can see a lot of love and emotion. It is the first time we saw that [from Robin]. It is good to see love like that on the pitch sometimes.

“I always say the atmosphere at this club is great. That is a big strength for Manchester United.”

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