A lot of United fans are hailing this as a fantastic signing, but personally I’m not so sure…I can see another Berbertov on the horizon.
Van Persie is a great striker there is no denying that; winning the Premier League golden boot with an impressive 30 goals last season, however this is a player with some “baggage” attached.
Firstly he is extremely injury prone, since joining Arsenal in 2004 he has been injury an incredible 27 times, and has meant an average of only 26 starts per season. Based on his history, and the fact that he is already 29, I can’t see him even making it to Christmas before he picks up his first injury at United. See a complete list of Van Persie’s Arsenal injury list at the bottom of this article.
Secondly he has a bad attitude, he has shown with both the Dutch national team and with Arsenal that he likes to stir up dressing room discontent, play the blame game when the chips are down, and give unauthorized interviews airing the teams dirty laundry. He will quickly find that at Manchester United this kind of attitude is not tolerated at which point he will either change, which seems unlikely, or follow Berbertov on the fast-track to no where.
Hopefully Van Persie will prove me wrong by staying injury free and continuing to bang in 30 odd goals a year; but I think it’s more likely that he will be continually injured until he slowly fades into the history books.
Robin Van Persie Injury Record List
|Groin Strain||2012 February 29th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2011 August 7th|
|Knee Injury||2011 February 28th|
|Hamstring Injury||2011 February 22nd|
|Flu||2011 February 8th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2010 August 28th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2010 June 1st|
|Sprained Ankle||2009 November 14th|
|Knee Injury||2009 September 13th|
|Groin Strain||2009 April 18th|
|Groin Strain||2009 March 30th|
|Hamstring Injury||2008 October 6th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2008 August 31st|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2008 May 2nd|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2008 April 4th|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2008 January 11th|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2007 December 24th|
|Knee Injury||2007 October 18th|
|Metatarsal Fracture||2007 January 22nd|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2006 November 19th|
|Hip/Thigh Injury||2006 September 14th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2006 February 10th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2005 December 22nd|
|Knee Injury||2005 October 17th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2005 February 5th|
|Sprained Ankle||2004 November 26th|
|Sprained Ankle||2004 August 27th|