Dutchman joined the club from rivals Arsenal last summer.
Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson has lavished special praise on front man Robin van Persie after the Dutchman’s hat-trick against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Monday night saw the Red Devils win a record 20th top-flight title.
The veteran Scottish trainer even suggested that the Netherlands international has been one of his most important ever signings in his 27-year managerial career at Old Trafford.
Looking at Van Persie’s raw numbers since he decided to swap north London for Manchester in a £24 million deal last summer, it is hard to disagree with Ferguson.
“He has made a fantastic contribution,” the Scot told the BBC.
“In terms of impact he has had as big an impact as anyone I can imagine.
“Eric Cantona was an incredible impact player and I have been very, very lucky in that I have had some fantastic strikers right through, probably 10 great strikers at the club.
“I think we had an expectation of Robin because his performance last year for Arsenal was sensational. We saw him last year and knew he could gel into the way our team was, and he has never disappointed us.”
The 29-year-old has hit the back of the net an eye-catching 24 times in only 34 top-flight matches this campaign, making him the Premier League’s top scorer, while he has also netted 28 goals in all competitions in 44 games for the club.
And, combined with the fact that Van Persie has been a virtual ever present for United, unlike in seasons gone past, you can easily understand Ferguson’s praise for his deadly Dutchman.