RVP to the rescue yet again

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Another last minute goal and Robin van Persie saved Manchester United from crashing out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round with a 2-2 draw at Upton Park which will mean the replay will be played at Old Trafford.   TKTG has put together a few articles on the result as well as a couple on RVP himself.

Match Report:  BBC Sport

Robin van Persie scored in stoppage time as Manchester United remained in the FA Cup by the skin of their teeth and denied West Ham a famous win.

Tom Cleverley gave the visitors the lead when he sidefooted in before James Collins headed the equaliser, his first goal since returning to the club.

Collins gave the Hammers the lead with another header after the break.

With seconds remaining, Van Persie latched on to Ryan Giggs’s through-ball to earn the visitors a replay.

Although the Premier League leaders left it very late, there was something inevitable about the final act given the visitors’ reputation for recovering the most unpromising of situations.

It was, however, heartbreaking for West Ham, who few would have said did not deserve their place in the fourth round following a mature performance.

Read the BBC Sport article by Saj Chowdhury

Match Analysis:  ESPNFC

Robin van Persie came off the bench to score a last-minute equaliser as Manchester United rescued a 2-2 draw at West Ham after Joe Cole had delivered a vintage display on his return to Upton Park in a thrilling FA Cup third-round tie.

Cole, 31, returned to his boyhood club on a free transfer from Liverpool this week, and rolled back the years as he set up a double for defender James Collins with superb crosses from the left flank in each half to turn the tie around after Tom Cleverley had fired United into the lead on 23 minutes.

However, as the clocked ticked into stoppage time, Dutchman Van Persie, who had started on the bench, ghosted into the right side of the penalty area, before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner to force a replay.

Read the ESPNFC report.

Ferguson hails ‘world class’ leveller – ESPNFC

Sir Alex Ferguson saluted the brilliance of Manchester United’s equalising goal after they forced an FA Cup replay against West Ham.

Two James Collins headers, both from crosses by the returning Joe Cole who was back in Hammers colours almost 10 years after his departure to Chelsea, looked set to earn the home side a 2-1 victory.

But Ryan Giggs played a tremendous long pass into the path of his fellow substitute Robin van Persie who rifled in a stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at Upton Park.

United manager Ferguson always hoped there would be late drama, and insisted he never thought the game had got away from his players.

“You never do that with our team,” Ferguson said. “When you’re 2-1 down with a couple of minutes left you just hope you get a break, but the manner of goal – the pass from Ryan Giggs and first touch from Robin van Persie and his finish – is absolutely world class, absolutely fantastic.”


Ruthless Van Persie proves again why he & Manchester United are a match made in heaven – Goal.com

It was almost as if the West Ham fans knew it was coming, howling their derision when the fourth official held up the board to indicate four minutes of added time.

Almost seconds later, Robin van Persie was lashing home a majestic equaliser to secure Manchester United a 2-2 draw and a replay that denied Joe Cole the perfect homecoming in the FA Cup third round tie at Upton Park.

Van Persie had arrived as a 68th minute substitute as United trailed to two James Collins headers, having taken the lead in the 23rd minute when Tom Cleverley swept in a lovely finish from 10 yards.

The Dutchman has now scored 22 goals in 26 appearances since joining United in August, and with each passing game Sir Alex Ferguson’s comparison of Van Persie with Eric Cantona becomes more apt.

Here, he took on Ryan Giggs’ sublime pass with a perfect first touch to speed past James Tomkins and fire an unstoppable right-footed shot low into the far corner past Jussi Jaaskelainen in front of 5,000 United fans in the Sir Trevor Brooking stand.

Van Persie claimed during the week that he is “surrounded by winners” at Old Trafford – and he is proving that to be his natural environment as time and again he steps up to make the difference for his side.

Read the Goal.com article by Greg Stobart.

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