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Robin Van Persie Won't Put Manchester United over the Top

KHARKOV, UKRAINE - JUNE 13:  Robin van Persie of Netherlands in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Netherlands and Germany at Metalist Stadium on June 13, 2012 in Kharkov, Ukraine.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2012

Fans of Manchester are ecstatic, but expect their excitement to fade rather quickly.

Man U has acquired Robin Van Persie from Arsenal, according to their official website. The terms haven’t been agreed upon just yet, and RVP still needs to complete a medical exam before the deal is official. BBC reporter David Ornstein reports Van Persie’s transfer fee is going to be worth £24 million.

The Red Devils now have a player who registered 30 goals in 37 Premier League matches last season to go along with nine assists. Pairing him up with Wayne Rooney gives Manchester two of the deadliest scorers alive.

Problem is, not only is he aging, but the 29-year-old RVP is a liability on the defensive end of the pitch. He doesn’t show much interest in anything that doesn’t involve scoring goals, and that’s not the greatest trait to have.

“But who cares? This is the greatest group of scoring forwards the game has ever seen! The duo combined for 57 goals last season!”

Scoring isn’t everything, folks. RVP is joining a new team less than a week before the season starts. It’s going to take time for Van Persie to adjust to his new teammates, and vice versa. Chemistry on the pitch can’t be built overnight, and the growing pains will be evident for quite some time.

With the move to Old Trafford, there is no doubt Manchester is now the favorite. They are the team with the biggest target on their backs. They are now the Miami Heat of the EPL. Everybody will be gunning for them.

But how much does the 29-year-old have left in the tank? Does the pressure eventually make him weary? The expectations are sky-high now, and failure will not be greeted kindly.

And what about the young players who have yet to fully prove themselves?

Sir Alex Ferguson will have to manage egos, expectations and the backlash if everything doesn’t go according to plan? What if the pressure makes Tom Cleverley, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck crumble?

They are still a lot of question marks for the Red Devils, and you would be jumping to extreme conclusions to anoint this club the champs already with some of the other extremely talented clubs that stand in their way.

It’s a banner day for the club, but don’t pencil them in as championships just yet. 


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