The United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the Dutchman Robin van Persie by saying that his goal against West Bromwich Albion has put his team halfway towards winning the Premier league title this season. Many questioned the decision taken by Ferguson to spend £ 24 million on a player, who has a long list of injuries and is 24 years of age. However, van Persie has been one of the main reasons for United being seven points clear at the top of the table. He is currently the top goal scorer in the Premier league with 14 goals to his name, while he is close to scoring his 20th goal of the season.
This is an incredible performance from the player, who joined the club only in the summer. He scored his 14th league goal of the season against West Brom. It was the second goal of the match and it came at a time when West Brom were pushing hard. This second goal helped United relax in the final few minutes of the match. This also helped them to keep their first clean sheet after a long time. As a result of this victory, United have ensured that their seven-point advantage remains at the top of the table on New Year’s Day.
“He (van Persie) changed the game for us. When I brought him and Paul Scholes on, they settled the game down for us. It (van Persie’s goal) is fantastic. He is a fantastic player. He came on and changed the game for us. Every time the ball came up to him, he got hold of it. He turned on them. They were having to go back to their box all the time. He has done well,” said Ferguson. Van Persie has 14 goals in just 20 appearances for United.