Van Per­sie’s vol­ley voted best Pre­mier League goal

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FOR­MER Manch­ester United striker Robin van Per­sie’s stun­ning vol­ley against As­ton Villa in April 2013 has been voted the best goal of the Pre­mier League era.

Van Per­sie took the ac­co­lade af­ter a vote among play­ers who had scored more than 100 goals in the di­vi­sion.

He re­ceived an award at a Leg­ends of Foot­ball event in Lon­don which cel­e­brated 25 sea­sons of Pre­mier League foot­ball and raised money for char­ity.

Van Per­sie’s goal, smashed home from a Wayne Rooney pass as United se­cured their 20th league ti­tle that night, was the sec­ond of a first-half hat trick.

“It’s a huge hon­our,” he said. “It’s the hard­est league in the world.

“On a goal like that, you don’t really think about it. You just want to make the most of it and see what hap­pens. But you need a bit of luck as well.

“It was the first ti­tle I won and it was a huge mo­ment for Manch­ester United. What I like about that goal is the whole story that was be­hind it.”

Mean­while, An­der Her­rera has said he has the at­tributes to bring out the best in Manch­ester United’s world-record sign­ing Paul Pogba.

Her­rera (27) has started United’s last two Pre­mier League games with Pogba and Jesse Lingard ahead of him in a mid­field trio.

And he is happy to play the hold­ing role in front of the back four in or­der to al­low Pogba to ben­e­fit fur­ther for­ward.

“It is go­ing well,” Her­rera told Goal. “I also have a great ex­am­ple in that po­si­tion in Michael Car­rick, be­cause he has been one of the best play­ers in the last decade, and I think I can learn a lot from him.

“But Paul is a very strong, very phys­i­cal player who shoots with both feet. He can drib­ble, he can de­fend . . . he has it all. I can then stay back to steal the ball, to keep the po­si­tion, and from there ini­ti­ate at­tacks. I’m fine, and I’ll try to pro­vide ev­ery­thing that the man­ager asks of me.

“With Mour­inho I have also played in at­tack­ing po­si­tions in the EFL Cup and even scored a goal. I am a team player and I will do what­ever he asks of me, but I’m very happy ahead of the de­fen­sive line.

“But now I think I have some con­sis­tency. I know I have to keep work­ing to earn Mour­inho’s con­fi­dence even more, but it is true that I feel good in the new po­si­tion and it’s also true that maybe that lit­tle change of po­si­tion was what has al­lowed me to re­ceive a Spain call-up.”— ESPNFC.

Paul Pogba

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