Man Utd News: Robin van Persie rolls back the years with a great goal and a reckless red card



Robin van Persie scored the winner of Feyenoord against Vitesse before he was sent away (photo: Getty)

It has been quite a few days before aging former Manchester United strikers and Robin van Persie is no exception.

While Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney continue to forgo MLS defenses, the former Dutch captain ends his career in the place where it all began.

Before his move to Arsenal in the summer of 2004, a spindly leg Van Persie tore it up in his homeland with Feyenoord and earned a reputation as one of the most popular properties in Europe.

The 35-year-old returned to De Kuip in January and although the color may have disappeared from his hair, the famous left foot still has a considerable impact.

Van Persie scored five goals in six games ahead of Sunday's game against Vitesse and continued his rich form with an astonishing free kick three minutes from time to secure a 2-1 victory.

It was a goal reminiscent of a goal that he scored for Arsenal twelve years ago, when he was a spiny, hot-headed 20-year-old player who was able to solve a match with a brilliant shot in the referee.

And as if to prove that not much has changed in the intervening years, just after he shot his side to a fifth victory in seven games, Van Persie got his marching orders for a reckless tackle on Max Clark.

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