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Robin van Persie carried Arsenal through last season, scoring 30 goals in 38 league games, although they still finished a massive 19 points behind United.

Having spent eight seasons at Arsenal, only winning one trophy (the FA Cup vs United in his first season), nobody (apart from Arsenal fans) could blame him for wanting to move to a club that had a greater chance of success. In Arsenal’s seven barren years, United have won nine trophies: four Premier League titles, the Champions League, three League Cups and the World Club Cup.

“When I have to make tough decisions in my life I listen to the little boy inside me,” Van Persie said after signing for United. “That little boy was screaming ‘Manchester United’. Manchester United breathes football. This club is the perfect match for me.”

United are currently 2nd in the league, already six points ahead of Arsenal, with our new striker having scored six goals in eight games.

Next month, Arsenal come to Old Trafford and Van Persie will face his former club for the first time. Given the reaction the likes of Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy have received for leaving for silverware, you can imagine what the atmosphere will be like when they’re confronted with Van Persie for the first time.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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48 Comments

  1. WeAreUnited says:

    This year reminds me of a year we had so much glory that we still cry when we remember it.

    I read somewhere that in 8 games out of 12 we have been behind and won or lost. 2 games we have lost and that’s it overall that we have lost. and came from behind to win 6 times. Not bad.
    We have so many different palyers on the scoresheet.
    We have 4 great strikers who scores for fun.

    Does this ring a bell to anyone?

    One thing I though admit that our midfield is maybe not as good as at that time, but still, so many similarities. I hope it goes better and better.

    CHelski here we come, 2-1 for us, we go 2-0 up, then start slowing the game, they get into the game by scoring a goal 2-1 and then they be fighting and us defending.

    We give up early goals when we want,
    We score when we want
    We stress out supporters when we want
    We’re Man United we do what we want

  2. jonnymanc says:

    it’s weird that both us and City had to double the wages on offer at Arsenal. If it was just about trophies then surely RVP would’ve joined us on a paycut similar to Fabregas joining Barca?

  3. wayne says:

    parry read your comments on Fletch and thought you’d watched a different game to me thought he played fine,someone else did as well 8/10 ranking

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1382399-manchester-united-player-ratings-against-braga/page/4

  4. samuel - united WE stand says:

    “paid particular attention to Fletcher last night and I think he is even further back than I thought, some good passing last night and that’s it Not one tackle,energy level meh( the manager will be happy though he now has his ready replacement excuse for Pogbha and Morrison and not dealing yet again with the midfield) now I really don’t ever see Fletcher returning to a fraction of as was sadly.”

    Parry – he’s been out for 10months with a serious illness, He was always going to be eased back, i don’t know how you can expect instant,return to form. Even if he doesn’t,get back to his former self, he can still be an effective anchor-man of sitting in front of the back line, which i thought he has displayed since returning and can forge a role in that style. No one, no sensible fan or the manager have said he is the definite answer but he offers something different compared to the other midfielders and perhaps you should consider the idea the answer to the midfield may already lie at the,club, whether they be coming through or in the squad but yet ro get opportunities. Pogba and morrison are still not established, seriosusly don’t get what you’re talking about, thought and as do many think fletch put in a solid performance, he may not run around as much as he did but he can be a quality anchor man.

  5. parryheid says:

    samuel-united We stand.

    That’s the thing though,fully aware of how serious the illness is and he is not being eased back in,far from it with international matches etc and is to me being thrown in far too early and often.I also do not think we already have the player in the club for the position,You don’t get the reference to Pogbha and Morrison seriosly?I stated in January they were being used as a smokescreen not to buy the midfielder that was and still is badly needed,stick a second one on that now.I have been moaning for some time that United have not signed a recognized quality midfielder since Ronaldo left and I am convinced Fletcher will be used as the latest excuse not to buy.As regards the two mentioned before I also stated they were nowhere near ready for our first team yet we got the laughable stunt there progress or dont you remember that?

  6. parryheid says:

    Wayne

    diferent people different views,non existent whole of the first half.I obvously missed his tackling and surging runs Second half played well back in a safe position better but not good enough for our team for some time yet if this season at all.imo

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    RE Arsenal at OT, should be a cracking game and crucial for our league position as well.

    RE discussion of Fletcher: Fletcher did a job standing in the Carrick roll in front of defense. Notthing got passed him and he was composed on the ball. He also played 90minutes, crucially saving other legs that will be needed at Chelsea and v Arsenal. Can’t blame either goal for a midfield lapse. The midfield did it’s job yesterday and few have many complaints. We didn’t need a team to beat Chelsea or Barca last night. We just had to beat Braga. Last I looked, the lads did that.

    Maybe we will get 50 more games out of Fletcher. Maybe 250. Only time will tell. But this is a lad that the manager trusts to do a job, whatever job that might be. There are alot of places you can look around the club and put your 2 pence in. Likely as not, you’ll be wasting your money. Because Fergie will do just what he needs to do to utilize the squad.

    Positives, using Fletcher and Carrick out of position and getting away with it.
    Negatives. Büttner has away to go doesn’t he.
    Positives: 3 points in the kettle.

    Fergie needed a mature composed side that DIDN’T use critical legs like Rio and Evra because he is looking at 7 games in 21 days and rich squad to chose from. Yesterday we did it with a rather makeshift combo of Carrick and Fletcher. Neither contributed to either goal in my view. But their composure contributed to getting us back in the game and sorting the threats through second half.

    Wish we could give it a rest when the lads got the job done. Only thing that matters is the score after the final whistle.

  8. wayne says:

    parry don’t understand how you can make that kind of judgement mate,he’s coming a long fine as far as i’m concerned and the season has just started.You’ve had a thing about Utd’s midfield for over a year now and i think you predicted the club wouldn’t win anything and would be lucky to finish in the top 4 this year
    Maybe you’re just seeing what you want to see

  9. parryheid says:

    Wayne.

    Nah maybe seeing what I’m fearing to see.And its more than a year also thought we would not win the title and be out of all competitions early doors.and I was right.also as I recently said about two matches ago Uniteds midfield problems have not gone away they are still lurking in the background +they are worsening.

  10. wayne says:

    fuck me parry you remind me of the little lad out of the perishers comic strip who would walk around with a rain cloud over his head,Wellington that should be your user name ffs

  11. FrenchDevil says:

    Have to disagree on Fletcher.
    The guy was slow, not taking any initiative or making any runs. I understand he needs time and games to be back to fitness, but a starting place in a champions league game doesn’t seem to be the solution.
    Even my wife noticed at the game last night that he wasn’t doing much running of the ball…
    Do feel Anderson would have brought much more energy and still provide a good cover (with Cleverley) to the back four.
    Chicarito had his best game in a United shirt though. Amazing link up play which he didn’t have/show last year!

  12. Den says:

    How would we know Fletcher isn’t good enough ATM without playing him? He’s not like his old self but he did a job yesterday and every game he gets will help him find his old form hopefully. And how can people complain about the midfield after yesterdays match when the midfield did more than good! Neither goal was conceded because of the midfield but our great attacking play was held up it. Sure, maybe we could by a world class CM to improve it but give our midfielders credit when they do well! Yesterday Cleverley was a close second MOTM for me and Fletcher was better than ok!

  13. JIXIE says:

    The team including Fletcher did just fine. Believe me at NO TIME did I think we would not win this game. I finally get the excitement about Tom. Finally we are sorting out our corners. Sadly Nani may have lost his mental battle to become a United star. I think Anderson may surprise a lot of folks this season if he stays fit. Shinji will be a star…no doubt. Used properly the Pea will always make a difference. Supporting United is the best roller coaster ride ever.

  14. parryheid says:

    Wayne

    Hah good one.Every silver lining has a cloud eh.

  15. JIXIE says:

    Yes our midfield is not the best its every been but apart from Keano that midfield we still drool about came from our Junior ranks. United is not your City/Chelsea type team that simply looks to buy buy buy. We have a lot of fantastic young players coming up who dream of playing for the first team. Take away that dream….where is their motivation? Parry its not only about the short term. A real dynasty is built on solid foundations and sometimes it takes time. I know you care just as much as we all do but maybe a little patience?

  16. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Parry – your argument turned void when you claimed united haven’t signed a great midfielder since ronaldo. united were hardly missing a rampaging wing/forward type, he’s not the central middle man people bleat about. what on earth are you talking about? And you may fail to see or don’t possess enough perseverance to notice that there are great talents that lie in that squad. At the time, pogba and morrison were talents who if patient/have a good attitude would be knocking on for a first team role. I see nothing wrong with looking through united’s youth for an answer, buying is not the be all and end all, it certainly was no smoke screen, united still have other younger players capable of stepping up to the role. It’s a philosophy of the club even though you massively lack belief in it, you seem to want galactico purchases but sorry, because fergie won’t roll that way and perhaps for once, more faith needs to be given to the players already in the first team/are coming through.

    Fletch has started 3games for united with one as a sub, tell me how’s that not easing him in? He needs more games to recover and he may not to get back to that box to box player but like i’ve said, he can be a very efficient anchor man. I think it’s too hasty to write fletch off, time will tell but positives are plenty to be seen in his appearances. No one said he’s a replacement or the more cynical “he’s a smokescreen”, you read too much into something but i, as do many know he brings a different dimension to the midfield.

  17. FletchTHEMAN says:

    I have a suggestion to all those who are slagging the team performance yesterday.

    Watch your next couple of games from a feed you don’t understand.

    It sounds like a broken record of the ABUs on ITV or Sky on here.

    If you actually watch the game, you can make up your own minds.

    The only one who was out of their depth yesterday was Büttner, and even he settled down after 20 minutes of making like a chicken with this head cut off.

    Have no doubts all the lads need work with the Diamond and things looked decent at the attacking end all night. Could have easily been 5-2 at the end.

    I agree completely with the assessment that Cleverley was runner up for MOTM. That cross for Chichos’ second was money.
    Who can name the last year we scored as many from corners? We have work to do, but things arn’t as bad as some (especially ITV and Sky commentators) would have you feel.

  18. Marq says:

    Well, the only saving grace for me is that now that Rvp can take a good corner kick, Giggs has one less reason to be included

  19. samuel - united WE stand says:

    “Have to disagree on Fletcher.
    The guy was slow, not taking any initiative or making any runs. I understand he needs time and games to be back to fitness, but a starting place in a champions league game doesn’t seem to be the solution.
    Even my wife noticed at the game last night that he wasn’t doing much running of the ball…
    Do feel Anderson would have brought much more energy and still provide a good cover (with Cleverley) to the back four.”

    There you have it, was fletch employed in that role to make forward or was he there to anchor the midfield from/protect the back line from attacks through the middle?. Anderson is not a defensive or deep lying one, it’s box to box with him. I still think the brazilian has more to offer {which he hopefully will as the team progresses) but in that deep role, he would not be effective. Fletch has the better positional discipline/experience to carry a role he’s an expert at, never got caught out once.

  20. samuel - united WE stand says:

    “Have to disagree on Fletcher.
    The guy was slow, not taking any initiative or making any runs. I understand he needs time and games to be back to fitness, but a starting place in a champions league game doesn’t seem to be the solution.
    Even my wife noticed at the game last night that he wasn’t doing much running of the ball…
    Do feel Anderson would have brought much more energy and still provide a good cover (with Cleverley) to the back four.”

    There you have it, was fletch employed in that role to make forward runs or was he there to anchor the midfield/protect the back line from attacks through the middle?. Anderson is not a defensive or deep lying one, it’s box to box with him. I still think the brazilian has more to offer {which he hopefully will as the team progresses) but in that deep role, he would not be effective. Fletch has the better positional discipline/experience to carry a role he’s an expert at, never got caught out once.

  21. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Very interesting Read: Fergie want Pep:

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1200101/sir-alex-ferguson-favours-pep-guardiola-for-manchester-united-job?cc=5739

    My own view, a Shadow Manager is already in place. :twitter:

  22. A Gooner says:

    “When I have to make tough decisions in my life I listen to the little boy inside me,” Van Persie said after signing for United. “That little boy was screaming ‘Manchester United’. Manchester United breathes football. This club is the perfect match for me.”

    And you believe any of this? Christ on a bike United fans think too much of themselves.

    Basically you were the only ones willing to spend stupid money on an injury prone (albeit great) striker who was 29 with no resale value. You were also the only ones willing to pay 200K a week to the dutch skunk. If you said no and waited to sign him on a bosman then he’d be at City, Chelsea or whoever would be willing to pay the most.

    I have a question for you all:

    What do you think of United one minute handing out a 200K + p/w contract to RVP and then the next min are campaining the heaviest along with Liverpool for financial ceilings to be placed on spending and wages?

    Hypocritical much?

  23. samuel - united WE stand says:

    The corners/set pieces have been very good due to van persie. He has a wand of a left foot and has great technique, his corners come in with dipping pace and accuracy, very difficult to nullify that. He and rooney have shared the role and united have benefit from that even though you want strikers inside the box.

  24. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    Happy Birthday to our most important player right now and to one best players Manchester United have ever had. WAYNE ROONEY!!!

  25. Den says:

    I think Pep would be a good long term choice for United but he might need time to create a side that can play his mold of football and start winning things. I would be prepared to give him that time but some supporters would most likely be calling for his head if he didn’t produce in his first year and the comparison to Fergie could kill him.

    IMO Mourinho was always the obvious choice for manager after Fergie. His arrogance and past triumphs would help him with the pressure of being SAFs successor. But he’s not a long term manager and never will be. A perfect in-between manager before a long term manager can take his place and i wouldn’t mind if that was Pep. Would be weird to see them managing the same club though!

  26. Marq says:

    I’m not so sure about Pep. I mean look at his successor, started the league even better than Pep. So is it a case of Barca having a fluke of having 3 of the best players in the world together or Pep being a really good manager? Because if thats the case, even Pep’s successor should be considered because their results under him so far is the same, if not better

  27. Den says:

    Barce have been grinding out result in many of these game tbf. They’ve been leaking goals and scoring last minute winners in many games now. Don’t see anyone complaining about their midfield though! ;)

  28. Ash says:

    I can bet people would be calling our next manager’s head if we don’t win I don’t want chelsea situation happening here. We need to give proper time to our next manager. Pep would be a decent choice given his mentality of developing youngsters.

  29. Marq says:

    Well, we’ve only missed Vidic while they have both Pique & Puyol missing, so they have a better reason, lol. Anyway, Cryuff recently said Pep’s successor will only be judged when things go wrong, but what of for Pep? The season they didn’t win the league he quited. Winning too much makes him tired, so what if you lose more than you win?

  30. parryheid says:

    When Sir Alex met Guardiola in New York I asked where did they meet.did he bump into him in the street or what.I considered where they met to be the most important part as I had been told a couple of months before Guardiola was designated our next manager.We all know the change is in the post I mean he has the Stand naming the Statue is being cast and I was told the new year after his birthday.Still haven’t found out where the meeting took place yet though.

  31. bRed says:

    Was waiting for the reactions to the match to post the following thoughts, but I guess here will do:

    What must Ando do to get a game? He hasn’t played for a while, so does this mean he gets the nod for the big games coming up? Sadly I think not.

    I don’t get why Giggs gets to come on in matches late on. He doesn’t really add the composure required, and frequently gives the ball away. Unless you want to send Scholes in to shore things up, surely someone like Powell could have benefited from the exposure.

  32. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Pep’s record indicate a top class manager on the up. How can he fluke two champions league win (united were battered in both finals) and a couple of league/cup titles? An ideal replacement for fergie, would blend into the philosophy manchester united have laid. Barca were floundering before he came in but he has played a big part in the resurgence and the irresistible juggernaut barca have become. I can see him as the ideal manager fergie relates to as the spaniard would carry on the good work. Sure the likes of bobby charlton approve that, more so than mourinho.

  33. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Saying all that, i’m enjoying the fact the flying scot-man is still steering the old-trafford ship. A legend and in my opinion, the best manager of all time.

  34. parryheid says:

    samuel-united We stand.

    Seen a multitude of academy players with potential some of whom shine weely as reserve players.But there are plenty of anaraks (spelling) in the supporters ranks have knowledge most of us can only dream of.Point I’m making is the reserve league is not a proper reserve league or any thing near it’s a regional kickabout.and this is where the anoraks come in the reserves proper were stuffed with out of form/recovering injuerd players from the first team pool and they played against likewise reserve teams loaded with mature pro’s and that’s where the learning/finished atricle came from and that is why the Pogbha’s and Morrison’s were proven failures even in trivial cup competitions played against lower league teams with mostly pro’s in them lower league or not. Ask who played with the Neville’s Butts and the like Giggs and Scholes prior to the being introduced to first team football I think you will find there were a number of pro’s of the sort mentioned.Yet I may be proved wrong,or right anoraks to the rescue.

  35. Ash says:

    bRed

    Well said. Powell and other youngsters need exposure. Was quite surprised they were not even in the bench. I feel we have to be patient and so do the youngsters. They will get the opportunities. Giggsy has been poor and I feel it will be his last season so youngsters have to believe in themselves and be patient.

  36. Den says:

    I think SAF didn’t want to risk putting a youngster out when we were only one goal up. Braga have a very experienced team and could have taken advantage of a youngsters inexperience so he opted for Giggs. And we did win the game.

  37. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    We can’t forget that Flether is still suffering from his illness – he’s not 100% recovered and just short of match practice. While he is able to manage the condition to the degree that he can play, he still has to play with it and time will tell whether he can return to the level he was at before he was struck down. He’ll need plenty of games before he can get back to his best if he ever does.
    I wasn’t the biggest fan of Fletcher at the beginning but Ferguson insisted with him (often to my dismay) and he turned into a very important player for us that we have missed.

  38. Adam says:

    I think Giggs introduced into matches now is just for statistical purposes so when he finally does retire end of this season his match appearances will be higher – no other way to explain it.

    He’s like Night Shyamalan making a cameo in one of his movies – no real point to, doesn’t change the plot, it’s for sentimental rasons only.

  39. Norm187 says:

    Gonna wade in on the fletch debate

    thought he was pretty solid last the were a couple off times when he was out of position or beaten to the ball, but to be expected considering it was his 2nd or 3rd game since injury

    Anyways there was a point towards the end of the game where he ran down the left and looked to cut inside, then flicked it back out to the left, an left about 3 braga players lookin like right plums.

    PURE FLETCHERINHO FOOTBALLING GENIUS

  40. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Rio and Anton statement. Will work with existing organizations to improve:

    http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/Football-News/2012/Oct/rio-and-anton-ferdinand-issue-statement.aspx

  41. Marq says:

    @Samuel

    Well, true that Pep won 2 CL and other titles, but it was with the same team, whereas Mourinho won with multiple teams. So in that sense Mourinho has the better record. And before anyone wants to argue again that Mourinho can only buy his way to success, just answer this question first, did he buy anyone significant at Porto & Inter?

    The only thing I see that Pep is better at is just that he courts less attention. I would like to see Pep manage another team first before rating him. As it is now, to me Pep didn’t win the CL twice, Messi, Xavi & Inesta did

  42. Adam says:

    oh my…dortmund and real played really well.. we’re in trouble if we face them anytime soon..
    Real has so much vision in midfield it’s disgusting..they just couldn’t finish tonight..

  43. NatashaGiggs says:

    RvP is a mercenary..

  44. Jay says:

    Would rather have Klopp, he plays exciting football and his team remind me of the past Manchester United.

  45. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Adam
    Dortmund right now is one of two teams I DO NOT want to see, Shaktar is the second. Both were overlooked, both are solid in all phases of the game and both are playing with belief.

    Citeh’s got major problems. The dressing room’s confidence in WoMancini is waning and he is losing his nerve. I picked them to finish 3rd in the EPL. Not sure how they will do in the Europa League.

  46. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Gooner and Natasha.
    Arsenal’s Prime Directive is their bottom line, silverware is a distant third !

  47. Adam says:

    @LonestarRed
    Yeah, Dortmund definitely performed ..
    what I appreciated too was Kopps reactions when the players MISSED their opportunities.. he would clap and encourage them to keep going forward and try again.. vs Mankini fucking screaming at the players and being all irate when they miss..

  48. EastGooner says:

    Good to see you leaving out the fact he was injured for the majority of those eight years and could have shown a bit more loyalty to the club that stuck by him. Oh well.

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