The signing of Robin van Persie may not have been the most expensive signing the Premier League has seen this season, but it is undoubtedly the most controversial.
When it became clear that RVP was having genuine talks with Manchester United, United fans shed tears of joy, Arsenal fans, tears of frustration. And in their frustration almost every Arsenal fan could be quoted at some point saying that it will be they who are laughing when RVP gets injured.
But there’s no sign of an injury yet. There are only signs that Sir Alex Ferguson may have made a very shrewd and wise signing.
With four goals in three appearances Robin van Persie has sent out a statement to those it may concern: United are back and as hungry as ever.
This past week at St Mary’s United may have been guilty of a below par performance, but they did manage to demonstrate to their competition that they can take the bit between their teeth and pull off a result when it’s needed most.
RVP could have easily have been the Premier League dunce of the week after his second-half penalty miss. But after scoring two goals following the blunder, including an outstanding injury-time header, it’s quite impossible to accuse the Dutchman of being that.
Gaining points under pressure may well prove to be the theme of the season with two other clubs, Chelsea and Manchester City, likely to be title contenders also. City and Chelsea had both busy during the transfer window and have purchased from the top shelf.
Chelsea have, of course, signed Eden Hazard, the 21-year-old Belgian midfielder who chose to go to Chelsea over the Red Devils. In his opening few games Hazard has looked both sharp and dynamic and will certainly administer the attacking football Chelsea have been short of in recent seasons.
Manchester City have once again splashed the cash as only they can purchasing Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia and Maicon to name a few. Roberto Mancini has managed to add depth to a squad that was already bursting with talent resulting in City becoming worthy favourites to retain the Premier League crown.
Yet, success is in the blood at Manchester United. It is a taste that has not yet escaped the mouths of the players or fans of the club.
Ferguson it seems has gone on his final spending spree as the manger of Manchester United. It is extremely unlikely that we will ever see him buy at the transfer market again as he did this past summer.
This is surely a very obvious statement of intent.
Shinji Kagawa, Alexander Büttner and Robin van Persie are all proof that Ferguson has not given up and that he will not crack from City’s competition.
With such quality teams currently residing in the Premier League, the 2012/2013 season may well be a classic in the making. There is only one certainty with regards to the higher end of the EPL table: it’s going to be tight at the top.
And with quality in such abundance this year, it may just be the hungriest team that prevails, leaving Manchester United with more than a fighting chance.