Who Has Been Manchester United's Breakthrough Player This Season?

Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalDecember 19, 2012

Robin van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal this summer and is already well on the way to paying back his transfer fee.

The Dutchman has taken Sir Alex Ferguson’s team to the next level. His intelligent movement, link play and deadly finishing have been implicit in United’s position atop the Premier League—Van Persie has already scored a handful of vital, match-winning goals.

But can he be classed as United’s breakthrough player of 2012?

B/R’s Michael Cummings thinks so, but his fellow Lead Writer Will Tidey disagrees. Will thinks Tom Cleverley deserves the accolade—having graduated to become a first-team regular at United and made himself a key cog in Ferguson’s midfield.

Cleverley’s influence was felt recently in United’s impressive win at Manchester City. The 23-year-old won his duel with Yaya Toure and stood up to be counted against one of the most formidable central midfields in Europe.

But can the young England international really beat the proven force of Van Persie to the title of United’s breakthrough player in 2012? Over to you to debate it—you might even have another name to throw into the mix.

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