Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Robin van Persie by saying that he once again proved his quality after managing to bring an end to his goal drought with a penalty against Stoke city. United were leading 1-0 in the match after a goal from Michael Carrick. They were on course to securing three points, but there was always the threat of a goal from Stoke. The penalty from Robin van Persie sealed the three points for United. Immediately after scoring, he went and celebrated with Ferguson by hugging him.

Robin van Persie had not scored for 10 games heading into this match. Ferguson said ahead of the match that he was confident that van Persie will find the back of the net sooner rather than later. He said that strikers go through spells in which they find it difficult to score goals no matter what they do. There are also spells when strikers find it difficult to stop scoring. Ferguson also praised the way van Persie took his penalty. Striker Wayne Rooney was utilised in the midfield against Stoke, and he has said that van Persie’s goal may prove to be the kick needed for the Dutchman to go on another scoring spree from now until the end of the season.

“You go through spells when you don’t score where you never think you’re ever going to get a goal and then when you are scoring you think you’re never going to miss. Today was an important goal. He did really good work from Wayne’s pass to get brought down for the penalty. The ball moved off the spot two or three times, the composure to settle himself down and the penalty kick was a perfect penalty. Low hard, straight into the corner, great penalty,” said Ferguson.