It’s been 20 Premier League starts for Robin van Persie since the Dutchman joined Manchester United during the summer transfer window.  The shock move caused some controversial opinions about the arrival of the former Arsenal player at Old Trafford, but all of them were set aside after the first few months of RvP playing for the red devils.

Van Persie’s adaptation to his new club was extremely fast. The partnership with Rooney, of course, is the big factor that makes Manchester United the team with the most goals scored in the Premier League. "We are both 9.5" said the Dutchman about him and Rooney sharing the role of creating and scoring most of United goals. But we all know what  van Persie is. A legitimate goalscorer, and everything else that comes from him is just an additional evidence of a classy top striker.

Even without a squad full of world-class players in every role, van Persie can still be considered the icing on Ferguson’s cake. He was the solution to the red devils problems since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo – a goal machine who can always be relied upon.

His numbers are impressive. A total of 22 goals in 28 games. Eighteen of those were scored in the Premier League, where he is the top scorer and has nine assists. Even though United fans find it hard to admit, it's true - van Persie is now the most important player of the squad.

Bets about RvP being an injury-prone player are not going to pay out. Injuries can happen, of course, but not as often as the Arsenal fans had hoped. The Dutchman has had a spectacular mid-season at Old Trafford, which explains why the official website of Manchester United compared his arrival to Eric Cantona’s signing. A top player who comes from a great rival. Yet I could say more. Depending on the final stretch of Premier League and the knockout phase of the Champions League, van Persie could become a United legend in just one season. Something that's never seen before.