Manchester City need to make a signing similar to when Robin van Persie joined Manchester United to save their Premier League title hopes, according to former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchison. United bought Van Persie from Arsenal in 2012 for £24million and the Dutchman played a huge role in winning the Red Devils the title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge at Old Trafford.
After winning the Golden Boot in the previous campaign at Arsenal, Van Persie collected the accolade once again after scoring 26 goals in his first season at United.
Hutchison believes that is the type of striker City need to bring in before next Monday’s transfer deadline.
Pep Guardiola’s side were beaten 5-2 by Leicester at the Etihad on Sunday, with Jamie Vardy grabbing his second career hat-trick against City.
And Hutchison suggested Vardy could be the man for City to win back the title from reigning champions Liverpool.
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The pundit told ESPN FC: “It might be a topic for a different day but when Robin van Persie went to Man United for that one season and guaranteed Man United the title, it’s almost like Guardiola needs to do that with Jamie Vardy.
“Find someone that’s completely different to what he’s got.”
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Meanwhile, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane cannot see City closing the gap on Liverpool even if they add players before the window shuts.
“I still think they’re getting over the loss of [Vincent] Kompany,” Keane said on Sky Sports.
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“We can’t appreciate what a loss he was to that football club.
“Obviously we all saw him at weekends but I think what the guy probably used to do during the week, he was such a big leader for them, no doubt a big character.
“What I saw yesterday, a lack of leadership, lack of characters.
“Okay Leicester are a very good team and they’re good going forward and huge credit to them.
“They talk about Pep obviously being a high-intensity type of guy, it’s his fifth year at the club, and sometimes maybe players, and it sounds crazy to say it, but sometimes get fed up with the same voice, it’s just the nature of the modern footballer.
“What I saw yesterday, I couldn’t believe what I was watching.
“This new signing or somebody else this week could come in and do well.
“[But] in terms of City closing the gap on Liverpool – forget about it. I can’t see it.”
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