Manchester United followers may very well be forgiven for taking a romantic journey down reminiscence lane on Wednesday with the likes of Robin van Persie, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick showing in Vincent Kompany’s testimonial on the Etihad.
The Belgian was unable to play because of a hamstring damage however an thrilling all-star XI held its personal in opposition to Kompany’s City choose, drawing 2-2 during an entertaining sport within the north-west.
Scholes, 44, grabbed the headlines with a fairly improbable cross halfway by way of the second half, whereas Gary Neville’s defending for Martin Petrov’s opener inside a minute of the beginning may do with some forensic evaluation on MNF.
But it was van Persie, who retired on the finish of final season with Feyenoord, that seemed in greatest form and he scored a shocking objective to place the all-star XI in entrance.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect wanting significantly weak up entrance this season, there have been inevitable calls from United supporters to enroll the flying Dutchman on a short-term contract.
And eagle-eyed supporters noticed that the previous Arsenal man still holds a particular place for United in his coronary heart as his shinpads have been emblazoned with the Red Devils’ crest.
Van Persie spent eight years at Arsenal however he tasted Premier League success during a three-year stint at Old Trafford following a £22m transfer to the north-west.
The Dutchman spearheaded United to the title during his debut season on the membership and ensured Sir Alex Ferguson retired as a Premier League winner.
Van Persie bagged 58 targets in 105 appearances for the Red Devils.