Conventional wisdom says Robin van Persie is the reason they’re celebrating at Old Trafford, and it’s hard to argue with that assessment after the performance he delivered on Monday.
Van Persie scored a first-half hat-trick in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa. The victory clinched the 2012-13 Premier League title for United, which has an insurmountable 16-point lead over Manchester City.
But the Dutch star’s second goal is the talk of the soccer world. Van Persie had already opened the scoring when Wayne Rooney floated a 50-yard pass toward the Villa area in the 13th minute.
Instead of taking a touch to control the ball like any other player on earth, van Persie volleyed it out of the air with his left foot — using his trademark perfect timing and technique, of course. The shot sailed out of the reach of goalkeeper Brad Guzan into the goal, stunning players, spectators and commentators alike.
Van Persie’s strike will certainly be among the contenders for Premier League goal of the season. See van Persie’s amazing volley in the video below.