Manchester United: 3 Reason Robin van Persie is a Poor Purchase

Both Manchester United and Arsenal have confirmed that Robin van Persie is all but set to join the Red Devils, subject to a medical.

Here are three reasons why this deal is good for Arsenal, but poor for United.


Yes, Robin van Persie is a world-class player and yes, world-class players don't often make themselves available.

But that doesn't mean you have to go diving in whatever the cost. The Dutchman is about to cost Sir Alex Ferguson £24 million in transfer fees, plus a reported £235,000-per-week in wages and image rights.

Is that prudent?

Already adequate depth

Manchester United don't need to buy a striker. They need a buy a new left-back and possibly a new right-back.

The move for van Persie all but kills Javier Hernandez's United career despite the fact that Dimitar Berbatov will likely be sold.

The new contract for Danny Welbeck tells you who's more favourable out of those two, so the Mexican could be frozen out.

Injury concern

Finally, and perhaps most critically, is van Persie's injury record. While last season was breathtaking, the previous seven he spent in an Arsenal shirt simply weren't.

His ankles, seemingly made of paper at this point, are incredibly vulnerable and his body could deteriorate quickly once he hits 30.

To put it into perspective, van Persie could still be earning £235,000-per-week at the age of 32 when he can't even do a 90-minute stint.


For a club riddled with debt, this seems a bizarre move. It almost appears Ferguson got sick of close rivals City stealing Arsenal's players and wanted to get in on the act themselves.

Great player granted, but absurd money.

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