After the finest analytical minds at bwinbetting towers ran the rule over Sergio Aguero’s chances of earning Premier League top-scorer plaudits this season, Robin van Persie and his credentials take their place in front of the white-coat clad, chin-stroking team.
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Here’s how he fares:
Premier League Pedigree
Few measure up to the Dutchman when it comes to English top-flight scoring expertise.
RVP has been rustling nets on the regular since his Arsenal days and advancing years haven’t done for his laser-eye accuracy as what they have to his hair.
The 31-year-old has a pair of Golden Boots on his mantelpiece, collecting them both over the past three campaigns, though the two tallies that enabled him to top the scoring charts (30 and 26) were his only career hauls north of 20.
With the Red Devils focussed on beefing up at the back and in midfield, there’ll be no new acquisitions in the centre-forward department to marginalise Van Persie’s involvement.
Even if there was a new face in the frontline, it’s unlikely they’d be usurping the Feyenoord academy graduate in a hurry.
He’s a known favourite of Louis van Gaal, who may yet anoint him club captain.
Man Utd’s formation reconfiguration is sure to extract the best from orchestrator extraordinaire, Juan Mata, while few forwards boast the craft and guile of Wayne Rooney.
These two will guarantee Van Persie is never wanting for ammunition.
Increasing creativity was priority number one for the Red Devils this summer and in Ander Herrera they have a first-rate deep-lying playmaker.
He supplied five assists at Athletic Bilbao last season, averaging 1.6 key passes per match with an 80 per cent success rate when it comes to finding a teammate.
For all his stellar soccer skills, Van Persie is renowned for spending extended periods with the physio.
His Arsenal tenure was pockmarked with long stints in the sick bay, as was his second campaign in Manchester, missing over 14 weeks of the previous season owing to groin, hamstring and knee injuries respectively.