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Video: Robin van Persie’s stunning goal vs. Aston Villa

Apr 22, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

File picture shows Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrating after scoring against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester

One telling element of a stunner like Robin van Persie struck this afternoon against Aston Villa is the immediate, helpless reaction of the beaten and beleaguered defenders and goalkeepers.

If you haven’t seen the Dutchman’s goal today from Old Trafford, treat yourself below.

And when reviewing the highly aggressive and highly technical volley for the third or fourth time, note the way the defenders and American goalkeeper Brad Guzan immediately wear the look that says, “Well, what are you supposed to do about something like that?”

Van Persie gets a good ball out of midfield, and his run is textbook. On the other hand, Villa appears to have sufficient defensive elements in place to deal with whatever is coming. And Guzan is well positioned to claim the ball if it slips through.

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So, the visitors are in place to deal with things – unless something just this side of impossible is attempted, that is.

Villa defense, meet the impossible.

Here is van Persie’s stunner, which will probably go far in helping Manchester United officially secure the English Premier League trophy that has been all but delivered to Sir Alex Ferguson et al.

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  1. goonah4life - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Clearly a great strike but nothing to say about how he was clearly offside, as the video shows at the 0:27 mark? Has to cheapen the goal somewhat…

    Van Persie is a traitor no matter how many goals he scores.

  2. goonah4life - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Not even just the second goal, Valencia was clearly offside in the build up to the first goal as well.

    Given Van Persie was offside for the equalizer against West Ham last week as well that’s three straight United goals that should have been called back but weren’t.

    Must be nice to be Fergie and just get all the calls. Makes it a lot easier to finish top the league that’s for sure. Maybe we should be talking about THAT!

    • Steve Davis - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      No arguments. At all. … But it was STILL an amazing piece of work, eh?

      • goonah4life - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Unfortunately I have to agree, it was an absurd strike reminiscent of the game-winner he had at Anfield last year and the wonder strike against Charlton years ago.

        Somehow they were much more enjoyable for me when they were scored for Arsenal (and onside)!

  3. Mike Prindiville - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    RVP hit a very similar volley to beat Everton 1-0 in December 2011. Unbelievable foot-eye coordination.

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