Kenny Dalglish: 'Robin van Persie the difference in Premier League title chase'

Kenny Dalglish
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Kenny Dalglish says that Robin van Persie's decision to join Manchester United has been the defining factor in the Premier League title race this season.

Kenny Dalglish believes that Robin van Persie has been the defining factor behind Manchester United's charge towards the Premier League title.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side currently lead local rivals Manchester City by 15 points, and the former Liverpool manager thinks that Van Persie's decision to join United over City has been crucial to the Red Devils' cause.

"The defining moment of this season's title race happened before a ball had even been kicked – when Robin van Persie chose Manchester United over neighbours City," Dalglish wrote in his column in The Mirror.

"He may not have scored many recently, but so many of Van Persie's goals earlier in the season have gone a long way to establishing United's 15-point lead over their rivals.

"It's the significant goals, those that win tight games, that matter, and Van Persie has done that on several occasions this season. That's been the difference between the clubs."

The Dutchman signed for the club from Arsenal for a reported £25m last summer.

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