Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/15/13
Manchester United were a few minutes away from dropping out of the FA Cup when a former Premier League player, who has the club in his heart, mentioned that an early cup exit would give United four free weekends to concentrate on keeping themselves in pole position in the EPL. Talk about clouds and silver linings. Naturally, that all went out the window when Robin van Persie, United's new super hero, metaphorically donned his cape and flew in to save the day. Sir Alex Ferguson's team had not been at their brightest, and the West Ham crowd were gearing up for a famous scalp. But the atmosphere lurched suddenly when Ryan Giggs and van Persie combined to produce a jewel of a goal. It was no wonder Ferguson purred afterwards. In one move he had witnessed a moment of dazzling quality, fused that gritty determination not to be beaten that he insists upon. United are the masters of hustling their way out of trouble. They may do it with style and gloss, but the hustle mentality is also glo...
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