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Van Persie: This is special

Robin van Persie hailed his late winner as a special way to celebrate his first Manchester derby.

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The Dutchman's deflected injury-time free-kick earned United a 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium after City had come back from 2-0 down.

Wayne Rooney netted twice before the break, with Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta snatching goals for the hosts in the second half.

Van Persie said: "We had a really good start, because of Wayne's two really good, clinical finishes.

"We were in control but City always come back. But it's a really special way to end this game, with the three points in a really dramatic way."

Rooney said of his team-mate's winning goal: "We work on that on the training ground and I had no doubt he could score from there."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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