September 4, 2012

How Robin van Persie will change Manchester United

Other than having another player to bang in timely goals, Robin van Persie will add a lot more than that for Manchester United - proving he's worth every penny Sir Alex Ferguson paid for him.

Has van Persie come to United's rescue?
Against Southampton the former Arsenal star, notched his first, of hopefully many, hat-tricks for the Red of the North, but it's what he did before any of those balls hit the back of the net that made the biggest impression for me.

Before the ball was put into play, van Persie went up to every one of his teammates and either hugged or gave them a high-five, exactly what a General does before leading his troops into battle.

Make no mistake, Nemanja Vidic is the captain of United, and should stay as that. But, in my memory, there has only been one other player to really lead like that - and that was Eric Cantona. I am not implying that he is remotely close to what the Frenchman was, or still is, for United fans, but he has the billing to be. When Cantona was at United, the other players loved and looked up to him as a role model - and I can see the same thing happening with van Persie.

After he signed for United, Ferguson said that it's important to get players who really want to play for this club. Well, van Persie has showed from the very beginning - both words and actions - that he understand what it means to be a player of this club.

To be completely honest, not much has changed for United from last year to this year - besides a few new faces. However, van Persie is one the main reasons that we have any points at all right now, and has helped us do something we weren't able to do last season - pick up points from a losing position. In 2011/12, Man United did not pick up a single point after they were behind - and this season, after just three games, we have six points! And that was something that Cantona helped United do.

His Manchester United career is still in its infancy stage, but Robin van Persie looks to ready to etch his name in the history books.


Anonymous said...

Spot on...

Would be interesting to see how Fergie intends to play Rooney in the same team. But with so many games coming up, we have an excellent deep squad to challenge on 4 fronts

De Gea/Lindegaard

Rafa/Jones Rio/Smalling Vidic/Evans Evra/Buttner

Carrick/Ando Cleverley/Scholes

Valencia/Nani Kagawa/Rooney Young/Welbeck


Anonymous said...

What about the game at Stamford Bridge where we were 3-0 down and came back to take a point?

Anonymous said...

As an Arsenal fan, I can tell you that after Van Persie took over as captain, we went from a teamwrist was all silk and no steel to a team that came back from behind 6 or 7 times, largely on the back of Van Persie's efforts - not just through the goals he scored, but also because of the way he galvanized the young players on our team to fight. Fabragas was a great talent, but he lacked the mental toughness of RVP.

You have a winner in RVP. He's worth 2 or 3 times what you paid for him, even at 29.

Anonymous said...

Awesome article, something I think SAF recognised we needed. Rooney for all his plus points isn't that type of player, yes he has an air of authority , but not the type of respect that Cantona brought to the club and the youngsters.

Anonymous said...

We got 2 lucky penalties that day

Anonymous said...

no love for one of the greatest Man U players ever in your squad depth lineup, Giggs?

Anonymous said...

I am not a fan of United, but I scratched my head they didn't address the mid field.

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