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Manchester United close gap on City rivals in Premier Stakes

The signing by Manchester United of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie for £24m on a four-year contract will close the gap on rivals City.

Last season just one goal in injury time made Manchester City champions for the first time in 44 years and United don't need to spend almost £250m on players to get the title back.

Van Persie could score the goals that will win Manchester United the Premier League title, according to ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp

Redknapp told BBC Sport: "I could see Manchester United winning the league next year, now they've got Van Persie."

"He could be the difference. He really is a great signing."

Corporate sponsors will also see this as intent to regain top spot on the pitch that they retain off and diverts fans away from the share issue in New York. New shirt sponsors Chevrolet in 2014/15 will be given the comfort that it is business as usual.

In the mail David Gill promised that United would continue to invest in top-class players despite a disappointing start to the club's bid to raise money in America. The Glazer family banked £75million from Manchester United’s controversial flotation on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday but that was up to £30m less than expected.

At least the shortfall has not stopped United bring in Van Persie who scored 44 goals in 57 games for club and country last season.

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