Last night Robin Van Persie highlighted his phenomenal first season in a Manchester United kit with a dramatic hat trick including his second goal that was an amazing volley. Having lost the title in dramatic fashion on the last game of the season last year against their arch rivals Manchester City it was clear how proud Sir Alex Fergusson was of his team. Van Persie started his career playing for Feyenoord in 2001 and then Arsenal spotted his world class talent and signed him where he became an instant hit with the Gunners and was their captain last year. robin-van-persie-manchester-united-home-football-shirtAfter negotiations fell apart it was with sadness Robin Van Persie sought a new team in the Premier League and was targeted for a host of top teams including current champions Manchester City. However Van Persie was persuaded by Sir Alex to sign for him and was paraded in the summer in a Manchester United kit. Although Van Persie has always been an incredible talent this season he has set a new standard and the Manchester United fans have quickly welcomed him at Old Trafford.

Robin Van Persie is currently the Premier League lead goal scorer with 24 and has teamed up with Wayne Rooney perfectly this season to strike fear into all defenders this season. Robin Van Persie has widely been tipped for the PFA player of the year award and with him yet to turn 30 he has plenty more years in a Manchester United kit and more trophies are bound to come with one of the best strikers playing for the most successful Premier League team. Sir Alex and Manchester United have not had everything their own way this season with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter finals. Further disappointment this season occurred when United looked destined for a place in the Champions League Quarter Finals leading by a goal when Nani was sent off and old Manchester United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo sealed Real Madrid's victory.

Manchester United this season have been solid in defence and not leaked goals while having plenty of striking options have made them so dangerous in the Premier League. Sir Alex Fergusson has gone on record and stated signing Robin Van Persie in a Manchester United kit has made one of the biggest impacts "In terms of impact he has had as big an impact as anyone I can imagine." With such a young team it is clear next season Manchester United will only get stronger over the next few seasons and with Robin Van Persie up front who would bet against this time next season celebrating Manchester United's 21st league title. Do you think Robin Van Persie has made the difference this season? Will anyone be able to challenge them next season in the Premier League? Has Van Persie been your favourite player in a Manchester United shirt this season?

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