So the saga is over. One of the most fascinating transfers in English Premier League history was completed on Friday morning as last season’s Player of the Year and golden boot winner Robin Van Persie moved from Arsenal to Manchester United on a four year deal, for a fee believed to be around £24 million.
Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his delight of capturing the Dutch international, likening his new look front line to that of his 1998/99 squad where United famously won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble.
During that iconic campaign, Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole were accompanied by Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer; the quartet bagging an incredible 76 goals in all competitions between them.
This time around United’s new number 20 will compete with Wayne Rooney, Danny Wellbeck and Javier Hernandez for a starting place. £30 million man Dimitar Berbatov is expected to leave Old Trafford in the not too distant future, with Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg his most likely destination, according to the bookmakers.
Manchester United are still second favourites behind neighbours City to win the 2012/2013 Premier League title, with 888 Sport offering the best price of 3.25 (9/4). The blue half of Manchester also just lead the way in the market for the top Goalscorer.
Sergio Aguero , who famously scored the goal that clinched his sides first league title in over forty years in that pulsating final game of last season is favourite with most firms to win the Golden Boot, though you can get a price of 9.0 (8/1) with Stan James.
Manchester United’s main men are next in line, with 9.0 (8/1) also being the best price available for each to finish top of the goal scoring charts.
Also, Van Persie is a 5.5 (9/2) shot with Stan James to repeat his achievement of last term by bagging twenty-five or more goals.
You may also be intrigued by the leading Manchester United goal scorer market. Their newest squad member is favourite to finish on top with Bet Victor offering the best price of 2.25 (5/4), with Wayne Rooney a close second at 2.50 (6/4) with Stan James.