Van Persie title plaudits do Manchester United a disservice

Manchester United’s emphatic 3-0 victory over Aston Villa last night earned the Red Devils their 20th league title and earned hat-trick hero Robin van Persie all the plaudits.

The Dutchman’s treble of breathtaking goals stole the show at the Theatre of Dreams as the Old Trafford faithful marveled at the signing that many believe won United the title back from archrivals Manchester City this season.

However, whilst there is not a shred of doubt the 29-year-old has fired United to success this term, singling the former Arsenal striker out may be doing manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a disservice.

Van Persie has scored an impressive 24 goals and made 13 assists for United this season and has now edged ahead of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez with his tally of 23 for the Merseyside outfit.

But United have scored 78 league goals so far this season – there are 54 additional goals to be taken into account.

This term United have an incredible 18 different goalscorers and 17 players with assists recorded, never mind their impressive defensive record – they’ve lost just 4 games all term, conceding just 35 goals (not even 1 goal per game on average) and in total and averaging 2.47 points per game played.

Collectively, the team, the defence and the goalkeeper have kept 13 clean sheets and the team. Michael Carrick alone has averaged 76.9 passes per game of which he maintains an 88% success rate on completion (behind in the league only to Mikel Arteta and Yaya Toure).

Wayne Rooney alone has racked up 12 goals, 10 assists and operates at an 83.1% completion rate over an average 47.2 passes per game to Van Persie’s 79.7% over 26.8.

United have won the title because they have had by far the best squad, the best team, and not to mention the best manager in Sir Alex. This is Van Persie’s first league title win in his 12-year professional career – this is Ferguson’s 17th league title win in his 39-year managerial career.

Yes, credit must go to Robin van Persie but only after full credit has been given to Sir Alex Ferguson for signing him, training him and managing him along with the 24 other players in the squad.

Robin van Persie won the Premier League title last night because of Manchester United – not the other way around.

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