Even though he led United to victory, Robin van Persie was slightly apologetic for missing out the crucial penalty in the second-half.
Van Persie took his tally to four goals from just two matches. Persie admitted that he was ‘quite disappointed” after hus chipped spot-kick was saved by Kelvin Davis.
“It’s three points and a little headache for me,” Robin 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.”
Sir Alex Ferguson was also shocked at Persie’s decision of taking the penalty that way. “I was surprised he took it that way. Normally, he rattles them in the net. Every time I’ve seen him he thunders it home left and right. Maybe he was over-confident. He bailed us out anyway with the two goals late on.”
Persie also gave a lot of credit to Paul Scholes who was brought on during the second half as a substitute for Tom Cleverley. “Everyone worked hard but I have to say a big thank you to Paul Scholes, when he came on everything was ticking. For me he was the man of the match today,” van Persie said.