In the summer, Manchester United made a move to sign Robin Van Persie from Arsenal. It took 24 million to take the Dutchman to Old Trafford. A fee that now, looks an absolute bargain.
When Van Persie completed the move in the summer, he was arriving after having the season of his life at Arsenal. But a few questions were raised. Can he do it in another team? Can he handle the pressure of playing for Manchester United? Can he stay injury free? Will he be able to settle into the team quickly? Van Persie has answered all these questions and surpassed them.
With 20 goals already this season, Van Persie is showing that he has adapted to life at Manchester United very easily. From his first start against Fulham where he scored after just 10 minutes, to his first start away from home where he scored twice late on to complete his hat trick and complete United’s dramatic comeback against Southampton.
…beat the current champions…
But it’s in the big games which separates good players from the best. And Van Persie has delivered in the big games.
In his first clash with Liverpool, Van Persie scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot. He scored as he faced his old club Arsenal, scored one and was instrumental in the other two goals as United beat early pacesetters Chelsea. But his most decisive moment as a Manchester United player so far was his last minute free kick to beat the current champions and local rivals Manchester City.
…his overall play has been sublime…
His goals so far this season has been the difference between United and the top teams. Even Roberto Mancini admitted that the difference between the two teams so far this season was the prolific Dutchman.
But as much as his goals have hit the headlines, his overall play has been sublime. Playing as the vocal point in United’s attack, his ability to bring other people into the play is impressive. His vision and quality of the final ball is just another impressive part of RVP’s game.
If Van Persie continues his rich vein of form, United have every chance of winning silverware this season.