Updated: Monday, 27th January 2020 @ 9:52pm

Ryan Giggs: Forget goals, Manchester United's Robin van Persie is a creative genius

Ryan Giggs: Forget goals, Manchester United's Robin van Persie is a creative genius

By Dean Wilkins

Robin van Persie is more than just a goal machine, he is a set-piece genius, according to his Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs.

The 29-year-old Flying Dutchman is United’s top-scorer (nine) this season and has nestled himself firmly in fans’, players’ and his manager’s hearts.

With Wayne Rooney’s injury-prone and deeper start to the season, Van Persie has been able to float dangerously around the Reds frontline, but has also been a mastermind with corners, free-kicks and crosses.

"When a ready-made, world-class player comes into the team it gives everybody a lift," Giggs told the club’s official website.

"We’re like the supporters – we look forward to playing with and seeing quality players come into the team. Robin is certainly that – he’s proven that with his goals and all-round play since he’s come to the club.”

"Robin’s set-piece delivery has been really important to us. It’s a big plus this season that we’re scoring from set-pieces and corners. That’s something we haven’t done over the last few years as often as we’d have liked.

"So with Robin it’s not just goals you get. He’s helped add more goals to the scoresheet and helped a few different names get on there."

Van Persie will face the club he fought his way out of for the first time since his summer move to Old Trafford as Arsenal travel north in search of revenge for last season’s 8-2 pasting.

Arsene Wenger’s side will be boosted by their dramatic 5-7 Capital One Cup victory over Reading while United come into the game on the back of their own midweek thriller – after crashing out of the competition following a 5-4 extra-time loss to Chelsea.

And despite their being a goal flurry in United’s last four games – 25 in total – Giggs claims that a repeat of last season is highly unlikely.

"I think that was one of those fluke performances," said the Welshman. "We always expect a tough performance against Arsenal, both home and away. It’s no different this time.

"They got off to a really good start. They’ve stuttered a little in recent weeks but they have plenty of quality."

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