Manchester United: Health of Robin van Persie Will Determine the Outcome of the Season
courtesy Robin van Persie Facebook Page
Would it be completely outrageous to state that Manchester United’s fate solely rests upon on one of the best forwards in the world, in Robin van Persie? This writer does not think it is so outrageous. United recently lost to Swansea City in the opening game of the English Premier League and that was without van Persie. Look at last season, van Persie was decimated by injuries which took a toll on his 2013/14 campaign, ultimately dropping United down to seventh at the end of the season – a feat that is unheard of for United. So is it possible that without van Persie, United does not have a shot at the title? I would have to believe so.
In 53 appearances of the 2012/13 season – all cups and Premier league matches – van Persie managed to score 35 goals, ultimately bringing Sir Alex Ferguson and United another League title. That was a snapshot of when van Persie was healthy and the amount of damage van Persie can afflict to opposing teams. Obviously, when van Persie is injured, it completely takes a u-turn. During the 2013/14 season, van Persie only tallied twelve goals in a year decimated by injuries.
This is the effect and influence that van Persie has over United. With van Persie out of the lineup, it is difficult for United to find a valuable replacement and so far Javier Hernandez’s start last game against Swansea City did not result in much magic for Manchester United. However, manager, Louis van Gaal, will be bestowed some great news, van Persie will be healthy for the second match against Sunderland. With van Persie back in the lineup, United has a chance to establish their footing in the English Premier League table. If United wants any success this season, van Persie will need to be healthy, due to how irreplaceable and influential he is on the field.
Collin Ruby is a writer for StoppageTimeSoccer.net, Follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby, Like him on Facebook and Add him to your circles on Google+