Ferdinand, Parlour & more: Twitter reacts as Man United beat Arsenal
Rio Ferdinand and Ray Parlour both tweet their thoughts as Manchester United edge to a 1-0 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford
Robin van Persie helped Manchester United close the gap on leaders Arsenal to five points as the Red Devils striker netted the winner in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
The Netherlands international guided a header past former team-mate Wojciech Szczesny in the 27th minute after a fantastic delivery from United’s man-of-the-match Wayne Rooney.
Here is a selection of our favourite tweets from the professionals, past and present, as United propelled themselves back into the Premier League title race.
Arsenal legend David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) reminds us all that there are some things more important than football: “Great respect from all the fans!!! #rememberancesunday”
Six-time Olympic champions Usain Bolt (@usainbolt) has a typically relaxed Caribbean reaction to Van Persie’s opener: “Hmmmmm hmmm.. Let the game begins @ManUtd @Persie_Official”
Former Wimbledon striker and Arsenal fan Jason Euell (@jasoneuell) isn’t surprised to see the United striker find the net: “No surprise if I’m honest in RVP scoring.”
Ex-Aston Villa star Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) hails the Dutchman’s effort: “Bang!! @Persie_Official……. Decent header…. 1-0 #MUFC Let’s see what #AFC are made of….. #premierleague”
Former United left-back Mikael Silvestre (@IamMSilvestre) isn’t a fan of the system that Arsenal are utilising: “Zonal marking on corners has never been working! #MUFCvAFC Great goal. Game is on now!”
Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) would like to be in the Gunners dressing room at half-time: “A 50 per cent increase in commitment & urgency would be GREATLY bloody appreciated. #Afc”
Another Olympian, but this time, Arsenal supporter Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) keeps his words of encouragement succinct: “Come on @Arsenal!!!!!”
United legend Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) is hoping for a clean sweep of wins involving his former clubs: So far the weekend has been great with wins all around @AFCAjax senior and academy and now for the full Monty! #manars @ManUtd for the win!”
England rugby star and Gunners fan Ugo Monye (@ugomonye) still has some room for humour despite his side’s predicament: “Bendtner has just come on… We’ll defo win now!!!!!!”
Comedian and Arsenal supporter Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) wishes it was Bendtner that was out ill: “Why couldn’t Per Mertasacker have sneezed on Bendtner.”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) thinks this could prove to be a crucial win: “Big win for Manchester United, huge goal for RVP and a gigantic result for David Moyes.”
Ex-Sunderland man Michael Gray (@mickygray33) puts United’s recent form into context: “Great win for Man United, unbeaten in nine…!!! Doesn’t sound like a mini crisis to me.. Might keep a few people quiet now. #PremierLeague”
United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) is happy with a perfect Sunday: “Big set of results for us today, not season defining but big all the same. Whatever happens @ManUtd will fight/compete to the very end #mufc”
Ex-Red Devils striker Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) reckons United are right back in the hunt for the Premier League title: “What a weekend. The top of the table looks very different. Shock defeats for Spurs and City. United look like they are back in the race.”
Finally, a deflated Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) starts to plan his Christmas (January transfer window) wish list: “Gutted about the game. It’s going to be the tightest Premier League ever! Rooney is the man. Would love him in an Arsenal shirt!”