Found September 04, 2012 on The United Religion:

Other than having another player to bang in timely goals, Robin van Persie will add a lot more than that for Manchester United - proving he's worth every penny Sir Alex Ferguson paid for him.

Has van Persie come to United's rescue? Against Southampton the former Arsenal star, notched his first, of hopefully many, hat-tricks for the Red of the North, but it's what he did before any of those balls hit the back of the net that made the biggest impression for me.

Before the ball was put into play, van Persie went up to every one of his teammates and either hugged or gave them a high-five, exactly what a General does before leading his troops into battle.

Make no mistake, Nemanja Vidic is the captain of United, and should stay as that. But, in my memory, there has only been one other player to really lead like that - and that was Eric Cantona. I am not implying that he is remotely close to what the Frenchman was, or still is, for United fans, but he has the billing to be. When Cantona was at United, the other players loved and looked up to him as a role model - and I can see the same thing happening with van Persie.

After he signed for United, Ferguson said that it's important to get players who really want to play for this club. Well, van Persie has showed from the very beginning - both words and actions - that he understand what it means to be a player of this club.

To be completely honest, not much has changed for United from last year to this year - besides a few new faces. However, van Persie is one the main reasons that we have any points at all right now, and has helped us do something we weren't able to do last season - pick up points from a losing position. In 2011/12, Man United did not pick up a single point after they were behind - and this season, after just three games, we have six points! And that was something that Cantona helped United do.

His Manchester United career is still in its infancy stage, but Robin van Persie looks to ready to etch his name in the history books.

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