The Straits Times
Published on Dec 26, 2012

Van Persie missing piece in Fergie's title jigsaw


LONDON (AFP) - Alex Ferguson has hailed Robin van Persie as the missing piece in Manchester United's title jigsaw as the Premier League leaders bid to extend their lead at the top against Newcastle on Wednesday.

Van Persie has made a superb start to his United career after leaving Arsenal in a 24 million pounds (S$47.4 million) move in pre-season and the Dutch forward's haul of 15 goals has fired Ferguson's team four points clear of champions Manchester City heading into the hectic Christmas programme.

The 29-year-old's dynamic displays have added an extra edge to United in the same way that French playmaker Eric Cantona and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo galvanised previous teams in the Ferguson era.

After missing out on the title to City last season, United were in need of a new driving force this term and Ferguson believes van Persie is providing it.