Ferguson is amazed by how Van Persie's all-round game has benefited his team.
"I have really lost count of our Dutchman's assists. It is quite remarkable how quickly he has settled at Old Trafford. It helped I think that he relished the move to Manchester and he is the consummate professional. He has a good lifestyle with a great sense of responsibility. For instance I have noticed the way he will speak to the young players and encourage them.
"That attitude is a real bonus for us. There is no doubt that he has moved us forward as a team and that the attacking and scoring is the strength of our team."