_67209253_comp3Excited Manchester United fans who wanted to congratulate hat-trick hero Robin van Persie have bombarded a 52-year-old IT consultant, Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad in India with Twitter messages. It’s a classic case of mistaken identity.

Robin van Persie’s correct Twitter handle – @Persie_Official – may have the word “Official” in the title, but the 52-year-old software and communications consultant’s handle – @rvp – has the 29-year-old football star’s initials. Fans often refer to the Dutchman as “rvp”.

A look at his Twitter handle over the last 24 hours shows he has become a celebrity on Twitter.

“Congrats @rvp!!” is one tweet. “@rvp You really made the difference for us this season, well done,” is another.

“Great scenes as @RVP celebrates winning his first title at United… Well done mate” and “@rvp hey Robin, that was a fantastic hat trick…can you send me a shirt please,” are others.

And then there’s this one which really made my day:

Credit: BBC