Robin van Persie may have trailed in five goals short of Wayne Rooney in the Manchester United Premier League scoring stakes last term, but it’s the Dutchman who bwin rate the 8/11 favourite to lead the way for the Red Devils in the new campaign.
Rooney is second in the betting at 7/5, with a lengthy gap back to 9/1 Javier Hernandez in third.
Despite the cramped odds about Old Trafford prized-bull Van Persie coming out on top he rates an excellent wager for a whole host of reasons, listed below.
1. Even in the midst of an injury-ravaged season the Dutchman’s goals-per-90 minutes ratio of 0.68 was better than his Scouse accomplice’s 0.63.
During the 2013/14 campaign Van Persie played 1580 minutes of league football in comparison to Rooney’s 2446, that’s the equivalent of 9.6 less matches, yet he ended up just five strikes shy of the Englishman’s tally.
2. RvP has averaged 0.75 goals per game under Louis Van Gaal (18/24) for the Netherlands so there’s a real expectation that his efficiency can rise.
Extrapolated over a 38-game season that’s a big-pimping 28.5 net buglers and beven if we round down the .5 it remains one hit higher than Wazza’s greatest ever total in Red.
3. Van Persie has been Premier League top goalscorer in two of the last three campaigns.
Lest we forget, the Dutchman bagged 56 goals across two seasons in England prior to last season’s moderation.
4. Van Gaal has already spoken of ‘four number tens’ at United – the former Arsenal man is not one of them.
Wayne Rooney, however, is and his manager’s words are doubtless ominous for the minutes on offer for each and every one of the quartet.
By contrast, when it comes to line-leaders Van Persie has only Danny Welbeck with whom to compete for starting honours, with Javier Hernandez’s lack of influence in build-up play sure to consign him to another season of puffa-jacket-clad purgatory.