‘Man United’s Marouane Fellaini can help Robin van Persie’

Ex-Manchester United defender Henning Berg believes Marouane Fellaini can help bring out the best in Robin van Persie

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Robin van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals last season Photo: Back Page Images

Henning Berg believes Manchester United’s new signing Marouane Fellaini can help bring out the best in Robin van Persie.

Red Devils manager David Moyes brought the Belgium international to Old Trafford in a £27.5m deal on deadline day after months of speculation linking the midfielder a move to United.

Fellaini scored 11 goals and made five assists in 31 Premier League appearances last season, and Berg reckons the 25-year-old can forge an understanding with United’s prolific striker Van Persie.

“I think Fellaini can give United more presence up front, he can help van Persie in terms of link up. I think with his passion and his mentality, he can make a big difference to United,” Berg told United’s website.

“He’s not the kind of player to thread passes through. But, he has a sheer presence to hold the ball up, ability to win balls in the box, and match-winning mentality – he raises his game for the big matches.

“Every game for United is a big one, so I think he will rise to that and enjoy it. When Cantona came, he had that mentality every game. I’m not saying he’s going to be the same, but he can be.”

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