Man United boss Sir Alex disappointed Van Persie wasn’t credited with goal

Sir Alex Ferguson admits he was disappointed to see Robin van Persie's winner at Sunderland go down as an own goal

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits he was disappointed to see Robin van Persie’s winner at Sunderland go down as a Titus Bramble own goal.

The Dutchman, who has not scored since 10 February for United, saw his shot from the left fly into the net after taking a deflection off Bramble’s knee in the 27th minute as the Red Devils sealed a 1-0 win on Saturday.

Van Persie was adamant that he should have been credited with the goal after the game.

And Ferguson revealed his disappointment at the decision – but admits he can understand it.

“It was a bit disappointing last week that the goal wasn’t awarded to him,” said Ferguson. “But I can understand that, it took a wicked deflection.

“It was a fantastic shot. It was hit with such great venom that it was no surprise it took a deflection.

“His ability to manoeuvre his position at that point was excellent. It’s a little bit disappointing.”

Ferguson also dismissed suggestions that the reason for Van Persie’s dry spell in front of goal is due to burnout.

“He doesn’t need a rest that’s for sure, he’s a strong lad with great physique,” he added.

“The goals will come, all strikers have dry spells and you hope it ends quickly, it’s part of being a striker.”

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