Andy Cole believes Robin Van Persie made the right decision in joining Manchester United this summer, and has backed the Dutch striker to show and prove against his old side when United face Arsenal tomorrow.
Van Persie completed a controversial move to Old Trafford this summer after spending 8 years of his career at Arsenal and took little time to find his feet, firing in goals at will.
His 7 goals in the league have aided United’s attempts to regain the Premier League title from rivals Man City, putting him in the running for a first league medal since coming to England, something Cole felt would have been out of his reach had he stayed in North London:
“Arsenal are a great club, but Van Persie left because he wants to win something.
“He’s 29 now. No disrespect to Arsenal, but every season it’s the same – they don’t look like they will win the championship.
“They play well. They play a great brand of football, but Van Persie made his mind up that the time was right to join United.
“It’s down to the individual – he came out from the start and said he wanted to join, not for the money, but to win things. There are a lot who go to certain clubs and we all know why.
“To be honest, even if he’d stayed there I don’t believe Arsenal had a chance of winning the championship.
“I don’t know if their players have the mentality to win it. They seem a bit flaky. That’s not enough to win the Premier League.”
Knowing Van Persie is a quality striker didn’t prepare Cole for how well Van Persie would get on once he joined United and feels his start to life at United will have alleviated some of the pressure his price tag may have brought:
“He’s adapted really well, scored goals and that takes the pressure off.
“Playing for United it gets easier because they create so many chances. When you come to a club like this you are going to score.
“Still the pressure is straight on you because if you spend £20 or £30m on a striker everyone expects him to score every game. They don’t appreciate that he might need to bed in.”