Man Utd boss Ferguson: Van Persie just like Cantona

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Robin van Persie has proved the ideal addition.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Robin van Persie has proved the ideal addition.

A haul of 15 goals in 21 games in all competitions since his £24m move from Arsenal has helped his side open up a six-point gap at the Premier league summit.

With Eric Cantona's arrival from Leeds United in 1992 inspiring the team to four league titles, Ferguson feels Van Persie can act as a similar catalyst to success.

"I think it is happening. The attacking aspect of our game has definitely improved," Ferguson said.

"He has a similar profile to Eric. There is a maturity about him. He had a great spell at Arsenal so there was no issue with him going from one big club to another. He's an established international and his profile suited us perfectly."

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