Wigan 0-4 Manchester United

RVP class lifts United once more

January 1, 2013
By Richard Jolly, DW Stadium
He could be the difference, Roberto Mancini said, and there was something different. Robin van Persie deployed his hitherto lesser-used right foot to deliver two goals, one wonderfully. Yet in every other respect he was the same. The Premier League's leading scorer in 2011 and 2012 started 2013 in the same vein. He is in the goal machine who combines efficiency with artistry.

The stylist's statistics are improbable. Rewind a few years, and they might have been deemed impossible. In the ...

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