The pair have become close as Ferdinand drove Van Persie to Carrington daily for training.
‚ÄúRobin has been a big factor,‚ÄĚ said Ferdinand. ‚ÄúLast season, we lost on goal difference which tells you that we didn‚Äôt score enough goals. We brought in a man who was top scorer last season and he looks like he is going to do that again this season. He has definitely added to what we had already.‚ÄĚ