Signing of the season

Posted on January 14, 2013. Filed under: Sports |


Robin Van Persie with Man. United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson

I spent the morning of Sunday, January 13, 2013 lamenting Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. I questioned why Brendan Rogers didn’t start the new signing Daniel Sturridge, but that’s the topic for a different blog.

Today is January 14, 2013 and as I pen this piece Manchester United FC currently enjoys a 7-point lead in atop the Barclay’s Premier League in England. Their closest threat comes from their “noisy neighbours” and current Premier League champions Manchester City.

While there are other contributing factors, United’s position in first place is primarily due to one Dutchman who moved from Arsenal to sign with them this season – Robin Van Persie (RVP).

RVP has scored 10 goals in his last 10 appearances for the Red Devils and 20 goals overall in 26 appearances in all competitions. His move from the Gunners has been described by some as “the signing of the season” and I couldn’t agree more, here’s a quick history of the move…

On August 17, 2012 Van Persie transferred to Manchester United for an initial £22.5 million, with an additional £1.5 million to follow if United won a Premier League or Champions League title within the next four years. He signed a four-year contract, keeping him at the club until June 2016.

Since then a few things have happened, among them Arsenal has struggled to find consistent good form. The Gunners currently occupy 6th place in the Barclay’s Premier League and remain in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions’ League.

Oh how Arsene Wenger’s men could use his talent… Oh how happy Sir Alex Ferguson is with his newly acquired ‘Dutch Talisman’.

Arsenal via Wenger, has developed the unenviable reputation for signing talented players for relatively small transfer fees, keeping them on board for a few years while developing them and then just selling them (or facilitating a situation which results in them want to leave at contract’s end or before).

Manchester United through Sir Alex Ferguson has been much more prudent with his signings and this season, not for the first time, it is bearing fruit.

Let this be a lesson to managers locally and globally to exercise wisdom in the discharge of their duties; you are more than managers, you are Human Resource Managers.

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Great insight Garth. Firstly I’m a United fan so I’m very happy with our new signing RVP. Though I value his input in the team’s success so far, I’ll be careful not to overstate his participation. I would argue he was equally as effective last season with Arsenal, (scoring remarkable goals), with the difference being this season with United his goals really matter. Now instead of being on the side of a 3-1 loss scoring a great goal he is on the side of a 2-1 win scoring a regualr RVP goal.

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