Sport

Ferguson hopes RvP will step up and score against City

Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on February 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.
Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on February 10, 2013 in Manchester, England. Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident his star striker Robin van Persie will soon start scoring again - at Old Trafford tonight would be ideal.

The Dutch international is the Red Devils top-scorer with 23 goals in all competitions this season, but he has not netted in his last nine games, so breaking the drought in the derby against defending champion and arch rival, Manchester City, would be perfect.

A win would send United 18 points clear of City and well on the way to a record 20th Premier League title.

City will be out to avenge its 3-2 defeat at the Etihad earlier this season, while United will be keen to bury the memories of the 6-1 thumping at the hands of its neighbour in this fixture last year.

At the other end of the table, last-placed Reading looks doomed after losing 2-0 at home against Southampton, while Aston Villa climbed out of the relegation zone after a 3-1 win at Stoke.

Topics:  barclays premier league, english premier league, football, manchester city, manchester united, robin van persie, sir alex ferguson


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Propellers of only rescue vessel stolen

REPLACED: The propellers of VMR's only rescue vessel have been stolen and replaced by the offender with damaged ones. Photo contributed.

Propellers on a rescue vessel have been replaced by damaged ones

Sales underway at exclusive real estate locations

Funnel Bay, a 55 acre waterfront development, is six minutes from the main street of Airlie Beach. Photo Lucy Smith / Daily Mercury

Residential blocks costing up to $2.25 million

Wintermoon Festival turns on a show for 20th year

Perch Creek Band at Wintermoon 2016.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times

Crowds flock to the popular music festival at Cameron's Pocket

Latest deals and offers

Call for community to 'dump' domestic violence

IT’S a campaign that’s been successful in Blacktown, Sydney, and now Whitsunday counsellors are calling to “dump domestic violence” because “it’s rubbish”

Propellers of only rescue vessel stolen

REPLACED: The propellers of VMR's only rescue vessel have been stolen and replaced by the offender with damaged ones. Photo contributed.

Propellers on a rescue vessel have been replaced by damaged ones

Curbing local crime

HELP AT HAND: First Aid First owners Andrew and Wendy Barker recommend installing the Emergency+ app.

Curbing local crime

Sales underway at exclusive real estate locations

Funnel Bay, a 55 acre waterfront development, is six minutes from the main street of Airlie Beach. Photo Lucy Smith / Daily Mercury

Residential blocks costing up to $2.25 million

MP questions why bridge work has stalled

Tenders expected to be called this year for Fiery Ck project

Funds not set in stone

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen is hoping funds for roads will be allocated in the budget tonight.

Announcements on funds could continue after the budget is announced

What's on in the region this long weekend?

Wintermoon Music Festival, Camerons Pocket, April 30th- May 3rd, 2015. Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury

Take a look at what's on in the region this long weekend.

ACF take Minister to Court

ACF chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy

The Australian Conservation Foundation go to court to stop Carmichael mine.

Dash Cam: Roo takes on car

Kangaroo leaps car.

Kangaroo could have kept going, jumps car instead.

Wintermoon Festival

Ruby Irving and Rosie Pyrospirals having fun at Wintermoon.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times

Music festival turns 20 years old.

Sales underway at exclusive real estate locations

Funnel Bay, a 55 acre waterfront development, is six minutes from the main street of Airlie Beach. Photo Lucy Smith / Daily Mercury

Residential blocks costing up to $2.25 million

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog