Redknapp hails Man Utd signing van Persie

Harry Redknapp has hailed Manchester United signing Robin van Persie, the Arsenal captain who appears set to move to Old Trafford. The former Tottenham Hotspur manager told the BBC that the Dutchman could prove the difference between Sir Alex Ferguson’s side regaining the Premier League title or falling short behind Manchester City once more.

United missed out on last season’s title to their near neighbours with only eight goals separating the two sides by the end of the season after they finished level on points. In one of the tightest title races in recent memory City eventually clinched their first league crown since 1968 with a 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season, thanks to a last-gasp Sergio Aguero goal.

Redknapp however believes that the coming season could be decided by the contribution of van Persie. “I could see Manchester United winning the league next year, now they’ve got van Persie,” Redknapp admitted, adding: “He could be the difference. He really is a great signing.

The prospect of van Persie teaming up with United striker Wayne Rooney was also welcomed by Redknapp, who claimed the pair would be an “incredible” partnership. Between them last season Rooney and van Persie scored 72 goals, working out as 35 for Rooney and 37 for his soon-to-be teammate.

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