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Van der Sar: RVP is still playing well

12 April 2013 19:24

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has leapt to the defence of Robin van Persie.

The Dutch striker last scored in United’s 2-0 win over Everton on February 10, with his goal drought coinciding with exits from both the Champions League and the FA Cup.

But Van der Sar has dismissed criticism of his countryman, and believes he is still contributing a lot to the team despite his barren run in front of goal.

"Robin is playing well," Van der Sar said. "All he is not doing is scoring goals.

"As a striker, all you want to do is score. But he has done his bit during the first and middle portions of the season.

"And he is still one of the best players in the Premier League."

Though United suffered defeat against rivals Manchester City on Monday, they remain on course to secure a 20th championship crown, and Van der Sar has backed Sir Alex Ferguson’s team to finish the job.

"If Manchester United had won on Monday that would have been it," the former shot-stopper added.

"That result would have hurt, as it always does when United lose a game. But the only way to get over it is to focus on the next one.

"The title is almost over and that is the prize they really want."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
10 February 2013
Game week
26
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
75525

Goals

R. Giggs 13'
(assist by R. van Persie) 
1 - 0
R. van Persie 45'+1
(assist by Rafael) 
2 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
16
12
8
14
17
19
40
# Player Bookings
7
14
1
8
16
26
34

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +5 6
2 2 +4 6
3 2 +4 6
4 2 +2 6
5 2 +1 4
6 2 +1 4
7 2 +1 4
8 2 +1 3
9 2 -1 3
10 2 +0 2
11 2 +0 2
12 2 +0 2
13 2 -1 1
14 2 -1 1
15 2 -1 1
16 2 -2 1
17 2 -2 1
18 2 -3 0
19 2 -3 0
20 2 -5 0

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