Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects Robin van Persie to go on a goalscoring run after breaking his drought at Stoke City.

He believes the striker can prove pivotal as the season draws towards its climax.

"There are always going to be question marks from the press - and particularly from the player himself - when a striker hasn't scored for a few weeks," he told MUTV.

"I know what strikers are like: when they are scoring they think they are going to score all the time, and when they're not scoring they wonder when the next goal is going to come along.

"So it was a great goal for Robin [to score against Stoke] in that respect, and hopefully he kicks on from there."