When Manchester United signed Robin Van Persie we knew we were getting a great goal scorer.
Having seen his exploits at Arsenal, if he could stay fit it was likely he would be able to replicate if not better his feats at Old Trafford and he is doing just that. With 21 goals this term he is United’s leading goal scorer with a number of his strikes being important.
This has of course lead to claims that Manchester United are a one man team, and are being carried by the Dutchman but Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken up in defence of the rest of his team claiming that everyone is doing their part for the side.
Speaking to United Review, the manager claimed:
“I don’t go along with the idea we have become a one-man team.
“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.
“He is absolutely relishing his new challenge. 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.”