Robin Van Persie has endeared himself to Manchester United fans already after choosing to come to Old Trafford from Arsenal, and the goals haven’t done any harm either.
A impressive effort against Fulham as well as a hat trick against Southampton, with the finale coming in the final minute to give United a 3-2 win, has seen Van Persie become a fan favourite already.
The Dutch striker is used to fan adulation having been a hero at the Emirates, but even he will not have expected to be able to count Sir Bobby Charlton as an admirer especially so early in his United career.
Sir Bobby has been very complimentary about United’s new hitman, and talked up the new boy claiming he will definitely get goals for Sir Alex’s side:
‘We’re very happy to have Robin van Persie here. You can’t possibly see him not scoring goals for us.
‘He’ll do his chasing, he’s good in the air and he doesn’t think about it. When the goal is there, he doesn’t look up – take his goal against Fulham for example.
‘The chance came to him and he just helped it on its way. Robin is a great goalscorer; that’s why Sir Alex [Ferguson] likes him.
‘It’s just paradise for any team’s supporters when they’ve got someone who can potentially score from nothing. He’s got this skill and if his team are playing well then he will score the goals.
‘He obviously thought highly of us as he could have been at other places but he’s liked Sir Alex’s approach. We’ve done quite well against Arsenal over the last few years, so maybe that’s helped him make his decision to come here.’