Tuesday, 25th June, 2013
Prolific Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed his hat-trick performance at St Mary’s Stadium during the first half of the campaign against what was undoubtedly a threatening Southampton side as the match that bedded him in with the club and made him feel "significant".
The Red Devils faithful will surely look back at their away game against Southampton as one of the most thrilling and satisfying wins of the 2012/13 season, with new arrival Van Persie scoring a hat-trick to give his team the comeback win – despite missing a penalty.
The Saints actually led twice during the match, but the enigmatic Dutchman always gave his team a push, ultimately handing Manchester United the win at the death – a feat the player himself felt proud of.
"It was a crazy game but we never gave up", the 29-year-old told his club’s official site.
"I apologised in the dressing room for my penalty miss. It was a great win, it felt significant", Van Persie added.
The match proved to be the turning point for the Dutchman signed by then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson from bitter rivals Arsenal. From there, Van Persie would be pivotal in leading the club to their 13th Premier League title (20 English titles overall).
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