Manchester United News: Grading Robin van Persie's Impact at Old Trafford Since the Summer Switch

When Manchester United signed then-Arsenal captain Robin van Persie for a reported fee of £24 million during the summer transfer window, many eyebrows were raised.

Various football pundits all over the globe criticized the Red Devils for spending such a hefty amount on a player who is way too injury-prone and frankly, not young enough to produce the goods for the former English champions.

However, as we enter the last few days of 2012, it is safe to say that the transfer of van Persie can be described as one of the best pieces of business that Sir Alex Ferguson might have ever carried out since taking over the managerial reigns at Old Trafford.

It all started on 25th August, when van Persie opened his scoring account for United with a breathtaking half - volley against Fulham at Old Trafford. It was the 29-year-old’s first shot in the Red Devils’ shirt and since then, the Flying Dutchman has found the back of the net a further 14 times for the club.

His strikes have helped United chalk up some crucial wins as the former Gunner has hit winners against the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Southampton and also breached the defensive walls of Arsenal, Chelsea and Stoke City.

Not to forget his three goals in the Champions League that helped United win their group with relative ease.

It is not only van Persie’s goalscoring prowess that has helped United, but also the lad’s phenomenal understanding with fellow attacker and Englishman Wayne Rooney. The two now form the nexus of the United team, with Rooney providing the constant supply of attacking force and van Persie finishing off the slightest of opportunity that comes across the former Feyenoord star.

Their devastating partnership can be perhaps best explained in this article, written by Bleacher Report’s tactical analyst, Sam Tighe.

Van Persie’s overall play has also vastly helped United as the 29-year-old often falls back to provide some much-required support to the midfielders and plays a dominant role in building up-plays.  Both Welbeck and Hernandez often failed to produce this link between the center of the park and the final third last term.

Therefore, in all fairness, with van Persie, United currently possess the best attack in England.  The clubs can now surely to retain domestic supremacy, although the defense also needs to perform at a consistent level in the second half of the season.  

Van Persie is ”United’s Messi” and perhaps even their new Cantona.

If asked to rate his transfer from Arsenal and consequent impact at the Theatre of Dreams, I, without a second thought, give an A+.