Manchester United too dependent on RVP? Ferguson doesn’t think so
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his team is not reliant on showdowns from Robin van Persie to record good results. The Scotsman adamantly declared Manchester United is not reliant goals from the Dutchman to win games.
In spite of his claims Robin van Persie has been the most important player in Manchester United’s squad. The 29-year-old Netherlands international has scored 21 goals since arriving at Old Trafford this summer.
Robin van Persie’s ability to provide with results when his team asks of him is the reason behind his success. The former Arsenal forward has 17 goals and six assists under his belt in 22 Premier League games. The Dutch star has also been the driving force behind a couple of clutch victories for Manchester United.
The Feyenoord product will be the cornerstone behind Manchester United’s 20th Premier League title, yet Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side is not overly reliant on the veteran to chip in with goals.
“I don't go along with the idea we have become a one-man team,” Sir Alex Ferguson told the Sun. “There was a time in our history when one man did carry us for a while. Eric Cantona kept us in contention with his goals when a few others were off the boil.
“But things are quite different now. Javier Hernandez has weighed in with 12 goals, while Wayne Rooney is currently on nine. Two defenders, Johnny Evans and Patrice Evra, have chipped in with eight between them so it doesn't stand up to see us as a one-man band overly dependent on Van Persie, brilliant as he has been at both making and taking goals.”
Earlier this month Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confessed losing Robin van Persie in the transfer battle against Manchester United could cost the defending champions the Premier League title.
Sir Alex Ferguson admits signing Robin van Persie can prove to be difference between winning and losing the Premier League title.
“He is absolutely relishing his new challenge,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “He is the right player, at the right club, at the right time.
“He has a winning mentality but as he points out, it is one that goes right through the squad and one that will hopefully see us push on in both league and the cups and successfully navigate what is a busy and challenging period.”