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Fortune: Man Utd can defeat Real Madrid without van Persie

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune believes striker Robin van Persie is not necessary for the current Premier League leaders to defeat Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League tie. "Robin will be a huge loss if he's not playing, but it's about the team," Fortune told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I think it's United's time. They're hungry for success again."

Van Persie has scored 23 goals in his first season with the Premier League leaders, including three in the Champions League.

Fortune, who spent seven years at United, told Red Wednesday: "Robin's been a key player for the team and the job Phil Jones did over there in the first leg was outstanding. These are important players.

"It won't be easy but I do believe United are capable of beating Madrid without Robin and Phil."

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