Tuesday, 23 April 2013


United last night claimed their 20th premier league title by thrashing Aston Villa 3 - 0 infront of the Old trafford faithful. But one man who certainly made the headline was the flying dutch man Robin Van Persie.
The story was all about United and Van Persie, whose £24million arrival last summer from Arsenal is widely considered to be the main factor in Ferguson's new champions having regained the Premier League crown as early as April from rivals Manchester City after last season's painful, last-gasp defeat.
Van Persie was accused of fatigue after a two-month goalless spell for his club between February and April but the Dutchman has now scored five times in his last three matches and his first against Villa came with just one-and-a-half minutes on the clock.
From Rafael's deep cross, Welsh veteran Ryan Giggs pulled the ball back across goal to record his first Premier League assist of the season as Van Persie made no mistake when finishing past Brad Guzan.
Just over 10 minutes later, Van Persie made it 2-0 with a breath-taking, first-time volley, which Ferguson would later describe as the 'goal of the Century', courtesy of a stunning, long pass from Wayne Rooney, who amid a supposedly out-of-form season has scored or created 22 goals in 25 Premier League appearances.
Villa were looked punch-drunk and, in the 33rd minute, Van Persie completed his hat-trick with a goal which saw him overtake Liverpool's controversy-engulfed striker, Luis Suarez, as the Premier League's top scorer on 24 goals when finishing from close range and with Luis Suarez about to be hit with some few match ban Van persie seem to be in a comfortable position as he continues his sojourn to the premier league golden boot.
Even as Paul Lambert sent on Karim El Ahmadi at half-time in place of Charles N'Zogbia in an attempt to improve Villa and it had some impact as Andreas Weimann headed at goal only to be denied on the line by that man, Van Persie.
But the second half was, in truth, a procession for United as they claimed the title with ease while Van Persie can look ahead to competing with Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale for the Player of the Year award.
United manager Sir Alex was quick to give praise to the dutch man's performance so far this season saying"In terms of impact I think he has made as big an impact as any I can imagine. Cantona was a big-impact player I'm very lucky I've got some amazing strikers."
And Ferguson said that Arsene Wenger, who reluctantly sold Van Persie to United in August, told him to expect an even better footballer than he realised.
He added: "I think Robin is such a great player for Arsenal and when great player became available and you feel United should have him you have to go for him. I think we had an expectation of him - his performance last season was incredible. I remember Arsene saying 'he's a better player than you think.' I knew he could gel into the team."
         Ferguson's men are now just four wins away from breaking Chelsea's record of 95 points and, with their legendary manager's focused mentality, they could well go on to underline the Scot's unrivalled iconic status and with Robin Van Persie now finding the back of the net again, United may not be far from achieving that, though they still have to face the like of Arsenal and Chelsea in the coming weeks.

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