Robin Van Persie: Superstar Striker Would Lift Manchester United over City

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IAugust 14, 2012

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Robin Van Persie of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on May 13, 2012 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Manchester United has been competing with Manchester City and Juventus for Robin van Persie's services this summer, and now the Red Devils appear close to acquiring the coveted striker from Arsenal.

The Sun reported on Tuesday that Alex Ferguson and Co. was closing in on a £22 million transfer for the 29-year-old. 

If the Red Devils land Van Persie, City has a lot to be worried about.

Van Persie scored a Premier League-leading 30 goals last season for Arsenal. His offensive ability would catapult United past its rivals and bring glory back to Old Trafford.

The man with the second-most goals in the Premier League last season was Wayne Rooney (27). Just imagine what Rooney and Van Persie could do together. It could prove to be a historic combination for a club that scored the second-most goals in the league last campaign (89).

We already know United has the defense to win the league. The Red Devils allowed the second-fewest goals in the Premier League last season (33). An uptick in scoring would make it mighty difficult for City to remain on top, especially since City scored just four more goals than United in 2011-2012.

How important was Van Persie to Arsenal last season? Well, he accounted for 40 percent of the club's goals. That will give you an idea. He also recorded nine assists, second on the team behind Alex Song.

The price of Van Persie may be a bit more than United wanted to spend (the club has officially offered £15 million), but the price is well worth the reward. After all, you can't put a price on a Premier League title.

In the end, Van Persie may be the man who elevates United to its fifth league championship in seven years.

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