Manchester United: Robin Van Persie Has to Lead Team If Wayne Rooney Departs

By Aydin Reyhan
Witters Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Robin Van Persie became a legend at Arsenal, but he never won a major title. Then, he joined Manchester United and in the first year, he led them en route to the Premier League title…with the help of his teammate Wayne Rooney and the rest of the Red Devil crew.

Their experience and ability to play off of one another made things quite easy for United at times in the league which allowed them to win the title by a whopping 11 points ahead of nearest rival Manchester City, who were the champions of 2012.

Van Persie is about to hit the age of 30 which means he is nearing the peak of his career rapidly. In his first year, he scored 26 goals for his new club and will be expected to score as many if not more this season, whether if Rooney leaves or not. He has to be on top form like he was when he first arrived. He might have to dig a bit deeper in order to maintain the quality of this historical side when (if) the prestigious number 10 leaves after nine memorable seasons.

This team has a lot of quality both in the starting 11 and the bench. This means that whoever steps up to lead this team has to have control of the players on the field and the team in the locker room. RVP may not wear the captain’s armband at first, but his abilities will give him a huge advantage in having his teammates listen to every word and follow in his very footsteps to play at the highest level at all times.

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