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Monday, 20 August 2012

Manchester United: Pros and cons of signing van Persie


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Robin van Persie is expected to make his Manchester United debut tonight against Everton at Goodison Park following his big money move from rivals Arsenal. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes that signing has put United in the driving seat for the title, but others feel that United have paid above the odds for a 29-year-old.

So let's have a look at the pros and cons of the move.

Starting with an obvious con, Robin Van Persie is 29 years old. He is certainly a player in his prime, but how long he'll stay in his prime will be interesting to see, especially with the kind of money United will be paying for his services over the next four years.

Another worry to take into account is Van Persie's injury record. However, with a plethora of strikers and attacking options, Manchester United will not be as reliant on the Dutch striker as his former club - the same benefit will apply to Wayne Rooney.

Van persie unitedAll United fans will hope that van Persie's trend of improving with age continues. There's also the hope he will thrive in combination with the other dynamic attacking options at Manchester United. Which brings up the next point, which is the incredible partnership between Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. Both players have experience and goal scoring records in the Premier League.

Unlike some other modern strikers, Rooney works well with a strike partner, and van Persie's flexibility to also play behind a striker means many goals will be created and scored by this dynamic duo.

Along with Rooney, van Persie will also benefit from the world class service he'll now receive from out wide with the likes of Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia causing trouble on the wings. Arsenal may have an incredible midfield, well-drilled and beautiful in the skill of passing a football. But Van Persie will feel no loss of quality playing ahead of the lively Tom Cleverley, master passers Carrick, Scholes and, new signing, Shinji Kagawa.

However, now it's all starting to sound a bit congested. Sir Alex Ferguson now has a weekly selection headache to wrap his experienced mind around. Of course, any manager in the world would enjoy this situation, but having Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez relegated to the bench limits their collective game time and may have a negative impact on their development. Hernandez, in particular, relies on his pace and youth to combine with his natural ability to find the net.

At 24, Chicharito is heading into a critical stage of his career where he'll be looking to play as much as possible. Fortunately, Sir Alex Ferguson isn't a stranger to this situation, when in the famous treble year of 1999 he juggled the striking talents of Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to great effect.

Also, after Robin Van Persie has imparted all of his wisdom on our young strikers, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and also Will Keane will become the foundation of United's attack in the near future.

Although I personally have thought that a new striker was of a low priority, when any world class player makes himself available no team can ignore such a golden opportunity and for United to show the financial firepower to obtain such a game changing player, Manchester United fans have a lot of new reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming season.

Of course there's still the question of how Manchester United will shape up tonight against Everton, because despite the capture of Robin van Persie, Manchester United do lack a replacement for Patrice Evra and a solid, Roy Keane-like defensive midfielder and only have two weeks left to further add to the squad.

Calling all Manchester United fans: How do you feel about the signing of Robin Van Persie? Are Manchester United now title favourites? Should Manchester United look to sign another player or two? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.

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