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De Jong expects Man Utd's Van Persie to shock Man City

AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong fears former club Manchester City will lose today against Robin van Persie's Manchester United.

De Jong, who left the Etihad for AC Milan in a £5million deal 13 months ago, is closer to his fellow Dutchman than most of the footballers he has met in his life.

He told the Daily Star: "Robin is one of the best centre-forwards in the world. We are friends and we grew up together.

"I've known him for a long time now and he works hard every day to improve. He is one of the most talented players I have ever seen.

"He has great technique and is strong with his right and left foot. Yes, he's the complete striker and for sure my favourite player."

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