My goal at Man City was a bit lucky, admits Man United’s Van Persie

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie admits there was an element of luck about his winner at Manchester City

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Robin van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals last season Robin van Persie/Twitter

Robin van Persie has admitted there was an element of luck about his winner at Manchester City last season.

The Netherlands international, who joined Manchester United in a £24m deal from Arsenal last summer, scored a stunning free-kick to seal a 3-2 victory over the Citizens in added time at The Etihad in December.

The Red Devils went on to win the Premier League title by a comfortable 11 points, but Van Persie admitted he was fortunate his effort was deflected by former Gunners team-mate Samir Nasri into the net.

“Wayne and I discussed what to do at the free-kick. Shoot or cross? My shot deflected off the wall past Hart. You can’t get luckier than that!” Van Persie told United’s website.

Van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals in his first season at Old Trafford, including the opening strike in a 3-2 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last October.

It took the 29-year-old’s tally to four goals in his last two visits to the west London side, and the United striker admitted he enjoys playing against the Europa League winners.

“I love playing against Chelsea and I’ve scored all my goals against them at Stamford Bridge. It’s a great place to play, and win,” he added.

Van Persie also admitted that Nani’s sending off in a 3-2 aggregate defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League second round as one of the most disappointing moments of the season.

“A harsh red card for Nani,” he said. “It was a blow, everything up to that moment was right. Everyone got behind us and the atmosphere was electric.”

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