Man Utd hat-trick hero Van Persie: The pen? I don't know why I did it ...

Robin van Persie admits he surprised himself with a penalty howler before Manchester United's storming comeback at Southampton.

Robin van Persie admits he surprised himself with a penalty howler before Manchester United's storming comeback at Southampton.

The 29-year-old admitted he was “quite disappointed” after his chipped spot-kick was saved by Kelvin Davis.

“It’s three points and a little headache for me,” Van Persie told Sky Sports and MUTV. “I don’t know what I was thinking with the penalty, I wanted to hit it hard like I always do but at the last second I changed my mind, somehow. That wasn’t good enough so that was a bit of a down. I’m quite disappointed to be fair. I ask a certain standard from my game and when something like that happens, when you’re 2-1 down, you can’t take a penalty like that.

“It is me who is to blame. I don’t know what went wrong but something went wrong big time, so I have to work on that. After that I was very relieved that we got the three points, trust me.”

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