Roberto Mancini’s side are nine points behind the Red Devils after failing to beat Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers, while United were narrow winners against Fulham and Southampton.
Van Persie has scored 18 Premier League goals for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side since joiningfrom Arsenal in a £24m deal this summer, but Kompany insists there are more reasons than missing out on the Dutchman’s signature for City’s struggles this term.
“Nothing matters apart from being first,” Kompany said. “Anything below that then you are just another top team that’s failed.
“We are not about to give up but the reality is that we are up against a very good United team.
“United hit the jackpot with Van Persie. But you can’t think “What if” about Van Persie. I am not sitting here thinking, “What if we had signed Lionel Messi” either.
“His transfer has made a direct impact but to say he’s the reason we can’t make it – if it turns out that way – is not correct. I still believe we can do this but if we don’t, there will be plenty more reasons than the fact we didn’t sign one player and another club did.”
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