Man United’s Ferguson: I’d love Van Persie to beat his Arsenal goal tally

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping Robin van Persie can beat his goal tally for Arsenal last season

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Robin van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal this summer Robin van Persie/Twitter

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Sir Alex Ferguson admits he would love to see Manchester United striker Robin van Persie surpass his tally of 37 goals for Arsenal last season.

The Netherlands international has already netted seven times in eight appearances for the Red Devils after completing a £24m move from the Gunners to Old Trafford in August.

“I would love that to happen,” Ferguson said. “In my experience, and where we are at the moment, we need two strikers to get over 20 goals. If we get that, we definitely have a chance.”

Van Persie revealed his desire to create more goals for his Red Devils team-mates after their 2-1 victory in Cluj, and Ferguson has been impressed by the Dutch striker’s hard work in training.

“The refreshing thing for me is he’s doing extra work in training because he’s not had any pre-season games,” said Ferguson.

“It’s quite remarkable considering he’s got seven goals in [his last] seven games. I’m pleased with that and I think his fitness will improve even more.

“He’s a good passer of the ball with good vision in his passing, too. The goal he made last week for [Shinji] Kagawa against Tottenham is evidence of his passing ability.”

Ferguson fielded a three-man frontline in Romania, with Wayne Rooney playing behind Javier Hernández and Van Persie – and the United boss revealed the
tactic was to limit Cluj’s threat on the counter-attack.

“For the last couple of years, Wayne has played a lot in behind one striker,” he said. “But Cluj are a useful side who rely on the counter-attack, so we tried to avoid that as much as we could.

“In fact, their goal was from a counter-attack, but we tried to force them onto us so we could counter-attack ourselves.

“Chicharito was occupying the main two central defenders so we’d have a wee bit more space for Rooney and van Persie.”

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