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Robin van Persie's return to form is timely

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RvP is now Holland's all-time leading goalscorer. (©GettyImages)
RvP is now Holland's all-time leading goalscorer. (©GettyImages).

David Moyes is being linked with a number of stars around the globe for January transfers in a bid to save Manchester United's season from the horrors of mediocrity.

While there is no doubting the new man in charge at Old Trafford needs another injection of talent from outside, the most important recent happening for him could be the 8-1 thrashing Holland handed out to Hungary on Friday.

In that win Manchester United's star striker Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick in what was a refreshing return to form for the 30-year-old. It was also because it meant he had overtaken Patrick Kluivert to become the Oranje all-time leading goalscorer.

Kluivert was there to embrace his compatriot when the record was broken and Van Persie genuinely looked happier than he has done for the rest of this season, which has not been the best for anyone associated with Manchester United.

Midfield creativity has been mentioned as a possible problem for Moyes with regards to getting his side to start playing better and with greater confidence, but the centre-forward position has also been a troublesome area.

Van Persie was injured recently but he has looked off colour for much of the season up to now and just couldn't seem to conjure up the magic he was providing last term - he didn't look happy either.

However, there was a beaming smile across his face when he left the pitch after an hour against Hungary to a standing ovation from the fans in Amsterdam and it will have been a sight for sore eyes to Moyes.

Adnan Januzaj stole the show against Sunderland with his two goals to win the match, but the hubbub around his emergence also served to deflect attention away from the fact that it was a laboured performance by Manchester United against what is the Premier League's bottom side.

A Van Persie on form will be hugely influential for the new Red Devils manager, as he was able to cover up many of the teams deficiencies with his brilliance when leading them to the title last season.

Many of these issues have not been resolved and a stuttering start to this season was an indicator that Moyes' side are still vulnerable when the main man is not firing.

Van Persie's returning to form is crucial for any Manchester United success this season, or at least until they can recruit in January.

Moyes will have been smiling as wide as his striker when that record goal went in, as it could be the moment that helps him avoid becoming the first casualty of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

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