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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini declared earlier this week that Robin van Persie was the difference between United and City this season (per Sports Illustrated).
At the moment, he is the difference between us. He has scored 14 Premier League goals and it is clear he has changed their situation.
We were very close three or four months before he joined United. We were sure he was for us but it didn't happen. We wanted Van Persie because we knew he was totally different from our other strikers. We wanted to improve our team, particularly for the Champions League. We were very close to signing him...
And after watching the Dutch international once again turn the game United's way in their most recent win against Wigan Athletic, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was happy to admit that Mancini might just be right about the importance of RVP to the club.
Per The Daily Mail:
We knew we were getting a top player who would make a difference to the team—that's why we went for him.
Robin's a completely rounded footballer. He has international experience, he's played for Arsenal for seven years and he came to us at the very peak of his career.
His ability to make and take goals is fantastic. His play was absolutely magnificent [against Wigan Athletic].
Little can be said other than the fact that Van Persie has been fundamental to United's seven-point lead this season. He will be fundamental to their Champions League chances against Real Madrid and will be fundamental to their quest at a 14th Premier League trophy.
If he does not succeed, United will not succeed.
He's just that good and that talented and, at the moment, he's the biggest difference between the two Manchester clubs in the title race.
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