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Photos: Van Persie scores winner on Manchester derby debut

Last updated on: December 9, 2012 23:06 IST

Photos: Van Persie scores winner on Manchester derby debut

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Robin van Persie hailed his late winner as a special way to win the Manchester derby.

Persie's stoppage-time free kick snatched a 3-2 victory for Manchester United in a pulsating derby at champions Manchester City to send them six points clear at the top of the Premier League on Sunday.


Image: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the winning goal
Photographs: Clive Mason/Getty Images

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'We had a really good start'

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'We had a really good start, because of Wayne two really good, clinical finishes,' Van Persie said on Sky Sports 1.


Image: Manchester United's Van Persie shoots and scores from free kick
Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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'It's a really special way to end this game'

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"We were in control, but City always come back."

"It's a really special way to end this game, with the three points in a really dramatic way."


Image: Manchester United's Danny Welbeck (left) and Patrice Evra celebrates
Photographs: Phil Noble/Reuters
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'I had no doubt he could score from there'

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Rooney praised his team-mate, saying: "We work on that on the training ground and I had no doubt he could score from there."


Image: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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United six points clear of City

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The win moved United six points clear of City at the top of the table and ended the hosts' long unbeaten home record.


Image: Carlos Tevez of Manchester City and team-mate Gareth Barry look dejected
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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'We're going to celebrate'

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'To go six points clear, to beat our closest rivals, we're delighted. We're going to celebrate.'


Image: Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta (top) challenges Manchester United's Tom Cleverley
Photographs: Phil Noble/Reuters
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Match ended amid unsavoury scenes

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The match ended amid unsavoury scenes with Rio Ferdinand appearing to be hit by a missile thrown from the crowd and suffering a cut to his face.


Image: Joe Hart of Manchester City confronts a pitch invader
Photographs: Clive Mason/Getty Images

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'I don't think you need that'

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On the Ferdinand incident, he said: 'It's unfortunate toward the end that the City fan runs on and throws coins at our players. I don't think you need that."


Image: Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand (left) is helped from the pitch by teammate Robin van Persie
Photographs: Phil Noble/Reuters
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Result ends City's almost two-year unbeaten home run

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The result ends City's almost two-year unbeaten home run in the league and puts United in the driving seat in the title race with 39 points from 16 matches, while City are on 33.


Image: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scores the second goal
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image
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Tom Cruise brought a touch of Hollywood

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Tom Cruise and fellow actor Robert Duvall brought a touch of Hollywood stardust to the Manchester derby as the Mission Impossible actor watched the Premier League showdown.


Image: US actors Robert Duvall (left) and Tom Cruise
Photographs: Phil Noble/Reuters

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