Robin Van Persie’s move from Arsenal to Manchester United made him the first player first player to do so in 25 years.
After narrowly missing out to ‘noisey neighbours’ City for lasts years title, it was evident United would spend to re-claim what is classed as ‘their trophy’. The opportunity to sign a world class, proven talent like RVP was one Fergie could not miss out on this time round, unlike in years gone by.
There are rumblings amongst the Old Trafford faithful that maybe the £24 million spent on a 29year old could have been spent to strengthen the squad in an area that has been claimed to be weak over the last few seasons- Central Midfield.
I however disagree with the belief United lack depth and quality in Central Midfield. Scholes proved upon his return, that he is still the best technical footballer in the Country and Giggs still continues to defy the odds, getting better with age. Both players (and Pirlo backed this up with a master-class at the Euro’s) are showing that you don’t need to be a big, quick athlete to be a world class footballer, it’s what you do with the football that counts. Maybe if the youth coaches in England realised that, we would maybe produce better technical players and not be embarrassed at international level (Just a thought!)
Add Carrick to that mix and again you have another ‘proper’ footballer, a ball retainer. And as the well-known saying in football goes, ‘the other team can’t score if they haven’t got the ball!’ Tom Cleverly looks to be an exciting prospect who will develop overt the next few seasons playing alongside players of Scholes, Giggs and Carrick’s quality. If Fletcher can return from his illness then the midfield has another dimension, with his work rate and big game influence.
Anderson is the one I believe will make the biggest impact on United this season. I know a lot of United fans have run out of patience with the samba boy, with injuries not helping his poor run of form. However, having seen United in pre-season, Anderson looks sharp and ready. His first season at Old Trafford set the standards for him, dominating Fabregas and Gerrard. I honestly believe this is the year Anderson steps up to mark and shows his true quality.
So my overall thought on the RVP signing is a major coup for the club. If he has half the impact the last Van from Holland had in front of the Stretford End, then it is money well spent by Sir Alex. 37 goals in a season shows true world class ability. Add that to the already deadly Rooney, the lively Hernandez and the raw talent of Wellbeck- is there a better front 4 anywhere in Europe?
Most United fans want the Premier League trophy back ‘home’ and with this attacking prowess, that will happen. With Fergie stating this will be his best strike-force since ’99, is it wrong to think that maybe, just maybe, a repeat of that famous season could be on the cards?
By Rob Flint.