Having lost out on their 20th league title bid to rivals Manchester City last season, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson splashed the cash this summer with four major improvements to the squad.

Here’s our review of his Fergie’s summer spendings…

 

1. Robin van Persie

The biggest transfer news of the summer came from Old Trafford as Manchester United made a sensational swoop for Arsenal striker and captain Robin van Persie for a fee of £24 million (source – BBC Sport). Sine his arrival in Manchester, the 29-year-old Dutch striker has now scored five goals in as many games for the club, scoring the late winning strike against Southampton and Liverpool.

Sir Alex’s decision to sign Robin van Persie was one of the biggest he has ever made when it comes to transfers. Ferguson rarely splashes out on older players with the signing of Dimitar Berbatov as the only other real exception. The Berbatov deal excited everyone at the club at first but soon became stale and after a few seasons as a bit part player, Fergie let him go to Fulham this summer.

The only negative point to make about Robin van Persie is the fact he is now 29-years-old and he may only be able to see out his three-year deal with the club before his form and fitness deteriorates.

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This article was first posted on September 25, 2012