Man United’s Robin van Persie: I still think about penalty miss at Saints
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie reveals he still thinks about his missed penalty at Southampton
Robin van Persie has admitted he is still thinks about his penalty miss at Southampton last season.
The 29-year-old, making his second Premier League start for Manchester United, attempted an audacious chip after the Red Devils had been awarded a spot-kick with the champions trailing 2-1.
Saints veteran goalkeeper Kelvin Davis gratefully scooped the ball into his chest to deny Van Persie before the forward completed his hat-trick and sealed a 3-2 win in the 90th-minute at St Mary’s.
Despite United going on to win their 13th Premier League title, Van Persie, who scored 26 top-flight goals, revealed he is still haunted by his tame spot-kick last September.
“This was my first experience of United’s famous never-say-die attitude,” Van Persie told United’s website.
“It was a crazy match but we never gave up. I still think about the penalty I missed. I was so lucky to have a chance to make that mistake right by scoring another two goals.”
Van Persie sealed United’s 20th top-flight crown with his second hat-trick of the season in a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa in April, with his opener, a stunning volley from outside the area.
Describing the strike, the former Arsenal captain said: “It was instinct. I looked up and thought: ‘This ball is so nice, it’s too beautiful to take a touch’.”
The striker, who completed a controversial £24m switch to Old Trafford from Arsenal last summer, also heaped praise on the Untied supporters.
He added: “The whole season the fans have been unbelievable from my very first match at Old Trafford.”