Man Utd boss Ferguson in awe of Van Persie free-kick winner

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with Robin van Persie's matchwinning free-kick at Manchester City.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with Robin van Persie's matchwinning free-kick at Manchester City.

The Blues had not lost in the Barclays Premier League at the Etihad Stadium since 20 December 2010 when Everton won 2-1 there. Thirty-seven games later, their impressive sequence was shattered by Robin van Persie's last-gasp free-kick winner, after Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta had cancelled out Wayne Rooney's first-half brace.

"We've done it to City in the past of course but this was special simply because they hadn't lost at home for two years," said Sir Alex. "Both of us are contenders at the top of the league and it was an incredible game, you couldn't take your eyes off it.

"The intensity, passion, competitiveness... everything was there. And you've got to give credit to City for the way they keep going and for scoring late goals. They've done it again today against us. Fortunately we got the last one that counted.

"You know Robin's capable of that. It took a little deflection but it was a wicked hit and I'm really delighted it's flown in."

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