Often he cuts a frustrated and disinterested figure but his last gasp equaliser against Chelsea at the weekend underlined his value – when push comes to shove, Van Persie is one of the first players you’d want a shot to fall to.
Van Persie’s prolific form in his 30 goal haul first season at Old Trafford hasn’t yet been matched by the Dutchman but with 51 goals for United, there are only a hatful of players who match his goals to games ratio of 0.60.
Tommy Taylor (0.69), Ruud van Nistelrooy (0.68) and Dennis Viollet (0.61) are the only three strikers who have a better ratio than Van Persie meaning the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton (0.58) currently sit behind Van Persie.
As reported by The Telegraph, Van Persie took 43 games to score his first 25 goals at United but only took 38 to score his second 25. If anything, Van Persie has become more prolific on a per game basis which comes as a real surprise given his recent form for United.
Van Persie has often looked like an isolated figure up front for United and has the appearance of an uncomfortable player who is out of form. He did of course score the important equaliser against Chelsea but missed plenty of chances beforehand to score.
At 31, Van Persie is no spring chicken and many fans feel he may have already peaked at Old Trafford but taking a look at these statistics, are people jumping to a conclusion too soon?