Manchester United have the opportunity to repeat Van Persie signing this summer

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United signing Robin van Persie was a risk. Paying £24m for a 29-year-old injury prone striker? Sir Alex Ferguson had lost his marbles, or so Charlie Wyett from The Sun thought. At the time, he said: “Although it hurts, I think Arsenal have done some good business to get £22m for RVP. I don’t think he will get double figures for Man Utd.”

Every United fan had reservations about his signing because of his injury record but as it happened, Van Persie joining United was the catalyst for us regaining the Premier League. It paid off magnificently.

Fast forward to this week. Bastian Schweinsteiger heads a list of players who could be joining United according to James Ducker at The Times and those precise reservations have popped up again.

How is a 29-year-old midfielder who spent a lot of last season out injured going to solve United’s problems?

Sometimes, youth isn’t necessarily the answer. United have got exciting prospects such as Nick Powell, Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell coming through but they aren’t ready for the first team and although Schweinsteiger has a few years on other targets we have been linked with, he’d be a fantastic signing.

There are other targets such as Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos but Louis van Gaal seemingly does not want either of them.

Van Persie was 29 when he joined and Sheringham was 31 but both became vital players for United. Who is to say that Schweinsteiger couldn’t do the same?

Known by Van Gaal, Schweinsteiger could easily be another Van Persie-esque signing, a player who can bring such a sweeping sense of change with him that it drags the team upwards. Sure, he’s by no means the solution to our midfield problems on his own but having that sort of experience and class back in midfield would be great for United.

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