ROCKIN ROBIN; Sir Alex Insists Van Persie Is the Final Piece of His Puzzle
Byline: Carl Askew
MAN UTD v NEWCASTLE Today, Old Trafford, 3pm SIR ALEX FERGUSON reckons red-hot Robin van Persie is the last piece in his Manchester United jigsaw.
Fergie opened himself up to ridicule on Sunday when he claimed Swansea's Ashley Williams could have killed van Persie when he blasted a ball into the Dutchman's head during the 1-1 draw in Wales.
But that over-the-top reaction may have come from the importance Ferguson now places upon van Persie.
The Scot splashed out PS24million to land the hitman from Arsenal in the summer - a huge fee considering he was in the last year of his contract.
CULT But Sir Alex insists that has been a bargain with van Persie netting 15 times this season and United riding high at the top of the Premier League.
Ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Newcastle, the Old Trafford boss said: "We got our Christmas present early - right at the start of the season when Robin arrived at the club.
"I'm reluctant to subscribe to the cult of the individual but sometimes there is a situation when you are lucky enough to find the last piece of the jigsaw.
"I have no hesitation saying he has made a vital difference to our chances of making our mark in this season's title race.
"It is quite remarkable how quickly he has settled at Old Trafford. He is the consummate professional. Robin has a good lifestyle with a great sense of responsibility. There is no doubt he has moved us forward."
Newcastle were a thorn in United's side last season, drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford before crushing Fergie's troops 3-0 on Tyneside in January. …