Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Red Devils Do Not Need Robin van Persie

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal and Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal at Loftus Road on March 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Robin van Persie is the hottest name remaining on the transfer market, but the Arsenal striker doesn't fit Manchester United's current needs.

Despite that, Sir Alex Ferguson is pursuing the 30-goal Premier League scorer, according to Daily Mail reporter Sami Mokbel:

Sources say that a deal to take the Arsenal captain, who got 30 goals to win the golden boot last season, to Old Trafford could be completed by the time the season kicks off this weekend. 

It is understood the Arsenal manager repeated his insistence to Ferguson the 29-year-old would not be allowed to leave for United for a penny under £30million - but the Gunners will listen to offers starting at £20million with add on.

The price tag on Van Persie's head isn't surprising. He's arguably the most dangerous scorer in the Premier League, but the Red Devils don't need scoring. They scored 86 goals last season, good for second most in the Premier League, behind Manchester City.

Ferguson would be much better off focusing on his central midfield. Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell certainly help the attacking side of things, but a consistent presence in the holding area would be a wise addition.

Chasing Van Persie is understandable. Not only is he talented—and talent is never a bad thing to have—but he plays for one of the Red Devils' largest rivals. Trying to steal your rival's best player is an easy strategy to employ, but it's not the right plan of attack in this situation.

It would be more efficient for Ferguson to add a scorer for next season. Wayne Rooney is more than fine at the top of the attack, and an extra scorer isn't what will put United past Manchester City at the top of the table.

In my opinion it would make more sense for the Red Devils to wait until next summer if they want to add a scorer. Maybe they can make another run at Robert Lewandowski.

Either way, Rooney and up-and-coming talents like Danny Welbeck can handle themselves as the Red Devils' primary scoring options.

Van Persie's production makes him a tantalizing acquisition for any team, but Ferguson needs to resist the temptation.

If he can find a defensive midfielder or an outside back to add, he should jump on it. Otherwise, the Red Devils would be better off working with what they currently have.


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