The view from England

United seize the moment

August 15, 2012
By Richard Jolly
It has been a 16-year rivalry, a sporting lifetime of enmity that turned into an unlikely entente cordiale, but the most telling victory of all has occurred off the field. By agreeing to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson has inflicted one of Arsene Wenger's most humiliating defeats. In its own way, it is as damaging as the 8-2 thrashing at Old Trafford last August.

Van Persie played that day, missing a penalty but scoring a goal in a game that seemed to crystallise ...

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