Rarely has a transfer had such a significant bearing on the destination of the Barclays Premier League trophy, and Robin van Persie's decision to choose Manchester United over City proved to be the most significant factor thanks to his 26 league goals.

The Dutchman has retained the Golden Boot award he won with Arsenal last year, finishing three ahead of Liverpool's Luis Suárez. The 29-year-old only failed to score against Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City in the league, while Liverpool, Stoke City, Arsenal, West Brom and West Ham conceded to the Dutchman at home and away.

Although he tallied four less than with the Gunners last season, a Premier League winner's medal more than compensates for another talismanic campaign.

Here are Van Persie's 26 goals in pictures...

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    Manchester United's Dutch forward Robin van Persie (L) scores during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford in Manchester on August 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Southampton v Manchester United - St Marys Stadium

    Manchester United's Robin van Persie (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

  • Southampton v Manchester United - Premier League

    SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Robin Van Persie of Manchester United scores his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchestrer United at St Mary's Stadium on September 2, 2012 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

  • Southampton v Manchester United - Premier League

    SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Robin Van Persie of Manchester United scores the winning goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchestrer United at St Mary's Stadium on September 2, 2012 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Manchester United - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Robin Van Persie of Manchester United scores to make it 2-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 23, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

  • Manchester United v Stoke City - Premier League

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Robin van Persie of manchester United scores to make it 2-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 20, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie (2nd L) celebrates with English midfielder Ashley Young (2nd R) after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London, on October 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Robin van Persie of Manchester United reacts after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 3, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Manchester United v West Ham United - Premier League

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 28, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin Van Persie celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Reading and Manchester United at the Madejski Stadium, in Reading, Berkshire, southern England, on December 1, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-PR-MAN CITY-MAN UTD

    Manchester United's players celebrate Robin Van Persie's (L) late winning goal as opposition supporters throw coins and a smoke bomb onto the pitch in reaction during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at The Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on December 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Manchester United v Sunderland - Premier League

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on December 15, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Robin van Persie of Manchester United scores the third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford December 26, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch forward Robin van Persie (L) scores his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on December 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-PR-WIGAN-MAN UTD

    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie (L) scores their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at The DW Stadium in Wigan, north-west England on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-PR-WIGAN-MAN UTD

    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin Van Persie scores their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at The DW Stadium in Wigan, north-west England on January 1, 2013. Manchester United won the game 4-0. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-LIVERPOOL

    Manchester United's Dutch forward Robin van Persie (L) scores the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on January 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications == (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-PR-TOTTENHAM-MAN UTD

    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his goal during an English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane in London, England, on January 20, 2013.. AFP PHOTO/Ian KINGTON - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie (R) scores Manchester United's second goal as Everton's Dutch defender John Heitinga (L) slides in too late to cover during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford, Manchester, North West England, on February 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Stoke City v Manchester United - Britannia Stadium

    Manchester United's Manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with Robin Van Persie after scoring their second goal

  • FBL-ENG-PR-WEST HAM-MAN UTD

    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, in east London, on April 17, 2013. The game finished 2-2. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON “ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. ” (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Manchester United v Aston Villa - Premier League

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Aston Villa - Old Trafford

    Manchester United's Robin van Persie (right) shoots to score his team's second goal

  • Manchester United v Aston Villa - Premier League

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United scores his hat trick goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Manchester United - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Robin van Persie of Manchester United scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on April 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

  • West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United - Premier League

    WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Robin van Persie of Manchester United (R) scores their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on May 19, 2013 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)