MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Watch Robin van Persie’s game winner for Manchester United against Manchester City, while also see Rio Ferdinand getting struck by an object from the stands in a dramatic Manchester derby Sunday.
Ferdinand was cut over the eye after a coin from the stands struck him in the face while celebrating the winning goal by Van Persie late in the game at the Etihad Stadium.
As expected, the Manchester United defender tweeted after the game.
He wrote: “what a result,” referring to the massive win over Manchester City. “3 points! Sweet!
“Whoever threw that coin, what a shot! Can’t believe it was a copper 2p…. Could have at least been a £1 coin!”
But while Ferdinand shook off the incident and moved on, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t find it all that hilarious, stating that it spoiled some good football both teams played on the pitch.
“It’s just unfortunate towards the end a City fan runs on and then they throw coins at our players and that. I don’t think you need that,” Fergie told Sky Sports after the game.
Watch: Van Persie winner against Manchester City; Rio struck by a coin
“Two fantastic teams today I think, and a fantastic game of football, and it could do without that.”
Manchester United handed City their first defeat in the Premier League this season, as well as ending a two-year undefeated league home run.
Van Persie was the hero on Sunday after his free-kick from a tight angle deflected past goalkeeper Joe Hart to send Sir Alex Ferguson’s side six points clear of City at the top of the league table standings.
The Dutchman wasn’t a fan of what happened to his fellow teammate Ferdinand though.
“What happened to Rio should not happen on the football pitch,” he said.
Wayne Rooney netted twice to give the Red Devils a 2-0 first half lead and he never doubted his team.
He said: “There is desire and passion at the club, and under Sir Alex we never know we’re beaten. It’s no fluke how many games we’ve won late on.
“We know it could be in injury time or in the first minute. You’ve got to keep on pushing.”