Van Persie is class apart: Welbeck

Jan 14, 2013, 10:51 IST | PA Sport

Fellow striker hails the Dutchman after Manchester United beat old rivals Liverpool 2-1 to go 10 points clear at the top

Danny Welbeck hailed Manchester United strike partner Robin van Persie as “different class” after the Dutchman helped the Red Devils defeat old rivals Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford yesterday.

In a match billed as a showdown between Van Persie and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, the former Arsenal man came out on top after scoring the opener and then setting up United’s second.

Manchester United’s Robin van Persie (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal with teammates Patrice Evra (left) and Tom Cleverley during their EPL match against Liverpool at Old Trafford yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

He put United ahead with a clinical 19th-minute finish for his 10th goal in his past 10 games before turning provider when his curling free-kick was turned in via a combination of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic just after half-time.

Liverpool pulled a goal back almost immediately when substitute Daniel Sturridge slotted home but, despite an improved showing from the visitors, they could not find an equaliser as United provisionally moved 10 points clear at the English Premier League summit.

Welbeck, who was also outstanding in the win, hailed his side’s performance, and especially that of Van Persie.

He told Sky Sports 1: “Robin’s a different class. He produces moments in the game that others can’t do. We’re glad to have him on our side.

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“It was a great team performance all round. We had our game plan set up and I think it worked quite well in the first half. In the second half they got into it at the back end of the game.

“It was a great team performance, we dug in pretty well and our character showed through at the end.”

Welbeck was unable to get on the scoresheet but was a constant threat to the Liverpool backline and the England man was pleased to make the most of his chance to impress.

“I’ve got to work hard in the game. When I get my chance on the pitch that’s when I need to show what I can do and do my best for the team. I’m not gonna give it anything less when I get on the pitch,” he said.

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