Louis van Gaal has a revitalised Robin van Persie to call upon for Manchester United’s trip to Sunderland, as the Dutchman goes in search of his first win in charge.
The return of RVP immeasurably increases their chances of claiming the spoils at the Stadium of Light, as the former Arsenal man has forged a favourable goalscoring habit in August.
He’s featured in five matches for the Red Devils, starting just four, in the first month of the campaign and has found the net on a quintet of occasions.
A price of 7/2 says he bags the first of the match, while he’s a well-worth-backing 19/20 to notch at any point of the contest.
Bearing in mind that he fired a brace in the Community Shield against Wigan last term and then again when pitched in against Swansea the following weekend, he may be worth backing to put two away against the Wearsiders at 11/2.
In his last six meetings with this particular adversary, the initialled one has scored three times.
More astute abacus operators will have already deduced that this is a one in two strike rate.
Given that Van Persie didn’t score when he last faced Gus Poyet’s men, it stands to reason that he’ll be on target next time around.
The annals dictate that the Red Devils stand a great chance of success regardless, whether RVP rustles the net or not though.
United have kept the Black Cats at bay on four of their previous five league visits to this corner of the north east, winning the same number.