Manchester United Transfer News: Robin Van Persie Isn't Needed at Old Trafford

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJuly 7, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal battles with Michael Carrick of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 22, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is not the player that Manchester United need to win the Premier League next season.

Per the Guardian:

Manchester United have joined Manchester City in the race to sign Robin van Persie. 

Van Persie is a fantastic player and a goal scorer of the highest caliber, but United don't need to spend £20 million or more on a striker when there are other positions of weakness that must be addressed.

The Red Devils scored 89 goals last season (which ranked 2nd in the EPL) and are fortunate to have a world-class forward in Wayne Rooney and a young striker in Danny Welbeck who is quickly becoming one of England's best attacking talents.

Ferguson needs to strengthen the back four and not add another expensive goalscorer. Left and right back are a concern for United, and depth at center back is also an issue.

Ferguson needs to target a strong left back like Leighton Baines of Everton, or pursue Jan Vertonghen of Ajax and not allow him to join a league rival.

Neither of these two players would be as expensive as van Persie, and they would also be signings for the future. The Arsenal captain is already 28 years old.

Adding van Persie would be a quality addition to United, but his age and price tag should make Ferguson look in another direction during the summer transfer window.