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Robin van Persie
Is he just having the best time of his life right now?
And didn't he make the best decision of his career?
When he signed, he said in an interview reported by the Daily Mail:
It’s an honour to sign for Manchester United. I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game. I can’t wait to get started
And as Roberto Mancini was quoted in the Telegraph Monday as saying: "At the moment, he is the difference between us."
When City signed Sergio Aguero last season it was immediately clear in his first match that he would make the difference in the title race. That he almost didn't says a lot for Sir Alex Ferguson's leadership and drive.
It also says much for the respect in which he is held by the owners that he was able to persuade them to pay £24 million for a 29-year-old.
Sir Alex Ferguson was a striker himself and he recognises talent when he sees it. On this season's form he is even better than fellow Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy.
And the best in the world?
How many strikers are such clinical finishers and also bring so much by way of their all-around game?
Chelsea could buy Falcao but he won't be back helping out the defence.
Van Persie's total game Tuesday made up for Rooney's absence. While he is a world-class finisher he has also shown that he can play behind a striker like Chicharito.
He is way ahead of the rest of the Premier League in terms of goals and assists with 16 and six, respectively. Nobody else comes close in England. In Europe Ibrahimovic has the better score on that count but cannot match van Persie's all-around play as their respective pass completion rates testify, for example.
And it was his all-around game that would Tuesday win him the "Man of the Match."
During the five minutes of mayhem mentioned earlier, there was a minute when he hit a sizzling pass across the goal and followed it with two pinpoint corners.
He gets an assist for his free kick that led to Chicharito's second goal, but his own two goals showed his goal-scoring range.
The first was simply sublime, beating a couple of defenders before curling his "wrong" foot (his right) round the ball and bending it across the goalkeeper into the far corner.
The second was down to Danny Welbeck's unselfishness but van Persie was there, in the right place, to sweep yet another right foot shot into the net.
He had almost had a third in the 67th minute when he dribbled right through the heart of the defence, reminiscent of van Nistelrooy years ago.
They say that strikers play in patches. Robin van Persie's purple patch looks like lasting all season and driving United to yet another title. Could he also take them to the Champions League final with his diminutive poaching partner?