Former Manchester United player Mark Bosnich believes that the signing of Robin Van Persie in the summer has tipped the title race in United’s favour. The Aussie Goalkeeper also thinks if Sir Alex Ferguson can tighten up his backline, the Red Devils could be contenders for the Champions League title as well.
Van Persie has been prolific in front of goal this campaign, netting 11 goals in just 14 appearances since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal for £24million in August.
Speaking to talkSPORT radio, Mark Bosnich told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show that he believes the dutch goal-machine will be pivotal to United’s success in the Premier League.
“I went for Man United at the start of season [to win the Premier League]. The signing of RVP just tipped the balance their way,” said Bosnich, who made 25 appearances over two spells for the Manchester club.
The former Australian International thinks Van Persie’s goals could make the difference for a team that finished runners-up in the Premier League last year.
“A lot of people forget that, for all the trails and tribulations, they only lost the title on goal difference last season.”
“Before Robin van Persie signed I was leaning towards Chelsea or Man City but, when they got RVP, that was it for me, I thought they would win the title.
Bosnich admitted United could have done with some extra quality in depth and need to overcome some of their defensive mishaps, but could improve enough to challenge for the Champions League winner’s trophy in addition to the domestic title.
“I would have liked them to sign someone like Moussa Dembele and maybe some cover in defence, but Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans are playing a lot of games together and are developing well, and David De Gea has improved out of sight.
“If they can eradicate some basic errors at the back then they’ll be a match for not just anyone in the Premier League, but anyone in Europe,” he added.
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