In the summer of 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson made one of Manchester United’s biggest signings, that of former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.
It was a move criticised by all Arsenal fans worldwide, and Van Persie was tagged as a ‘glory hunter’ and a ‘gold digger’.
But without getting into the reasons for his move, we take a look at the impact he has had at Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney had been the most prominent striker Manchester United have had over the past decade, being partnered with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez. But none of them actually posed a threat to his starting place in the squad.
But Van Persie did exactly that. With Rooney being injured a number of times, Van Persie made the striker position his own, featuring in every league game throughout the season.
United changed the way they attacked to suit Van Persie, and it worked out well for them.
With Van Persie always waiting upfront, the defence cleared the ball to him, where he held the ball in an expert manner till he had support from the midfield, and then passing and moving forward.
His prolific goal scoring form was so good that even though he had a goal drought of more than 10 games, he ran away with the Golden Boot.
Other than his perfect finishing, Van Persie also created a number of chances for his teammates, and was always entrusted with the job of taking corners from the right side. He could deliver balls into the box with free-kicks or shoot for goal, doing both in a spectacular manner.
The effect Van Persie has had on the club is evident. - he has changed the face of United’s attack completely, and United fans will only hope he can maintain his form in the upcoming seasons.
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