Five of Robin van Persie’s best Man United moments
Here are five of Robin van Persie's best Manchester United moments as the striker holds talks with Fenerbahce
1) Top goal-scorer in the Premier League
Robin van Persie finished as the top goal-scorer in the Premier League in the 2013-2013 season after he completed his move to Manchester United from Arsenal the previous summer. The Netherlands international scored 26 league goals which included three penalties. Van Persie fully justified his transfer fee.
2) His title-sealing hat-trick against Aston Villa
Van Persie left Arsenal due to the club’s lack of progress and he sealed the trophy that he was waiting when he scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa. With United needing a victory to secure the title, he opened the scoring early with a simple tap-in from yards out. The second goal was a magnificent volley that may go down as perhaps one of the all-time great Manchester United goals. The Dutchman fired an astonishing volley past Brad Guzan into the far corner of the net. The goal summed up Van Persie’s season as many named it the “goal of the century.”
3) Volley v Fulham on his Old Trafford debut
It was the moment when Van Persie first truly made his mark as a forward for Manchester. The Red Devils had conceded early to a Damien Duff strike. However, seven minutes later, Van Persie showed the home crowd why they had spent £24m on the striker. The goal was a brilliantly-timed volley from inside the penalty area from a Patrice Evra cross. Their new signing showed what he was capable of and his first goal at Old Trafford was a mirror image of the goal he scored in the last game of the season.
4) Hat-trick against Olympiakos
Van Persie delivered a hat-trick for the club to be sent through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after following a 2-0 defeat in Greece to Olympiakos. Van Persie underlined his finisher’s instinct to remind the United supporters of how good a player he is. He scored a penalty, a free-kick and a tap -in from close-range to see the Manchester side through. It was deemed as a stroke of a vintage display, which he had not been able to produce regularly for United during the David Moyes season of 2013-2014.
5) Injury-time winner in the Manchester derby
Manchester City came from 2-0 down to seal what they thought would be a 2-2 draw in the Manchester derby. However, a free-kick was given deep into injury-time for United at the edge of the penalty area. The Dutch international curled the ball past the wall with the aid of ex-Arsenal team-mate Samir Nasri’s right boot, before it finished in the far corner of Joe Hart’s net. The game ended 3-2 and this moment was vitally important, as it gave United an edge in the title race, with the Reds going six points clear at the top of the table.