Ferguson: Wenger told me Van Persie is ‘better than you think’

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals that Arsene Wenger told him that Robin van Persie is a "better player than you think" ahead of transfer

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Robin van Persie has scored 24 league goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Arsene Wenger told him that Robin van Persie is a “better player than you think” when Manchester United concluded a deal for the Arsenal captain last summer.

The 29-year-old’s first-half hat-trick against Aston Villa on Monday night helped United clinch the Premier League title with four games to spare as he took his top-flight tally for the season to 24.

Van Persie has enjoyed a fruitful first campaign at Old Trafford, netting 28 goals in 44 games in all competitions following his £24m move from Arsenal last summer.

“I remember Arsene saying ‘he’s a better player than you think’ after I’d done the deal and he was right,” Ferguson said after Monday’s 3-0 win.

“He has never disappointed us I knew he could gel into the team.

“In terms of impact he has had as big an impact as anyone I can imagine.

“Eric Cantona was an incredible impact player and I have been very, very lucky in that I have had some fantastic strikers right through, probably 10 great strikers at the club.

“I think we had an expectation of Robin because his performance last year for Arsenal was sensational. We saw him last year and knew he could gel into the way our team was, and he has never disappointed us.”

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