The stats prove Robin van Persie has transformed Manchester United's fortunes this season.

Without the former Arsenal captain, United would have won just FIVE Premier League games this term and earned half of their 52-point tally.

Van Persie has scored 16 League goals for the table-toppers and chipped in with six assists.

With his amazing contribution, United have won 17, drawn one and lost three for a staggering win percentage of 81.

But take Van Persie's goals and assists out of those games and the picture changes massively for United, reports The Sun.

Without the ex-Arsenal ace scoring and helping his team-mates, United would have won just five games, drawn 11 and lost five - a 23.8 win percentage.

Or put more bluntly, with RVP United are seven points clear of deadly rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Without him, they would have 26 points and be scrapping it out with West Ham and Norwich for a mid-table spot.