Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

RVP hat-trick papers over cracks

September 2, 2012
By Miguel Delaney, St Mary's
That, ultimately, is why Sir Alex Ferguson was so determined to sign Robin van Persie when the Manchester United manager didn't seem to really need him at all. It wasn't just about the statement, it wasn't just about the goals - it was about providing necessary examples of both in situations like this, not to mention that extra edge.

Last season, Van Persie's strikes were directly responsible for 27 of Arsenal's points. From 38 appearances, he provided one of the highest such ratios (0.71 ...

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