Robin van Persie has hailed his Manchester United team mates for rising to the challenge against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils faced a Gunners side that hadn't lost away from home in 15 games knowing a loss would leave them trailing top spot by 11 points, effectively ruling them out of the title race.

The former Arsenal player scored the only goal in the game from a Wayne Rooney corner to leave them just five points off of their London rivals.

The ball appeared to come off of his shoulder, looping over Kieran Gibbs on the post and nestling in the corner.

Van Persie said that the perfect team performance helped them overcome a stubborn Arsenal side in a tight affair and says he doesn't care how he scored, as long as he did.

"It was a massive win," he told MUTV. "I always like to think positively but, if you think negatively for one second, we could have been 11 points behind, which would have been dramatic.

"Everyone closed everyone down. If you look at Patrice Evra, every header or 50-50 challenge, he went for it. The back four did it. Even the front players did it. That makes a difference.

"It was a good corner from Wazza [Rooney]," Van Persie said about the goal.

"I headed it but then it took a touch off my shoulder, then it went in.

"It didn't really matter whether it went in off my head or my shoulder. I am very happy with that head-shoulder goal."

Despite Rooney and Van Persie creating the majority of chances, the Dutchman rejected claims that Manchester United are a two man team.

He added: "I don't think you can beat a team like that with just a couple of individuals playing well. You need to be strong as a team. That is what we did.

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