Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale might be about to walk away with all the individual honours, but has anybody had more of an impact on the Premier League this season than Manchester United’s star striker Robin van Persie?
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has made no secret of the fact he sees Van Persie as the major difference between his side and the newly-crowned champions – and that was before the Dutchman’s superstar display in the victory over Aston Villa on Monday.
The former Arsenal forward’s brilliant hat-trick, including what Sir Alex Ferguson described as the ‘goal of the century’, set United on their way to a 3-0 win over the struggling Villans that clinched United’s 20th top-flight title.
And there is no doubt that Van Persie’s decision to join the red half of Manchester over blue has been vital in United’s dominance. The Dutchman’s 24 league goals make him the Premier League’s top scorer and Ferguson was gushing in his praise amid the celebrations.
“I remember Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying to me ‘he’s better than you think’ when we concluded the deal,” Ferguson said.
“He was right. [Van Persie] has made a fantastic contribution. In terms of impact, he has had as big an impact as anyone I can imagine. Eric Cantona was an incredible impact player and I have been very, very lucky in that I have had some fantastic strikers right through, probably ten great strikers at the club.
“I think we had an expectation of Robin because his performance last year for Arsenal was sensational. We saw him last year and knew he could gel into the way our team was, and he has never disappointed us.”
With Luis Suarez receiving a ten-match ban for his bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, Van Persie will now surely retain the Golden Boot, barring a remarkable scoring spree from Bale in the closing weeks of the campaign.
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