Just as Yorke's arrival lifted the Reds, so Van Persie's impact has transformed United this season.
"The RVP of our era has to be me surely?" Yorke told the Manchester Evening News. "I don't think Coley will be too disappointed that I suggest I was the Van Persie of our day.
"He's got to get to 29 goals now though. I hope he does and I think he will. If he beats me then you have to be certain that United will be picking up silverware.
"The comparisons are obvious because, like Robin at the start of this season, I was the new guy back then.
"I hit the ground running scoring twice in my second match and the goals largely kept coming.
"RVP scored in his first start and that is so important. To get on the front foot straight away removes a lot of the pressure because when a new striker joins United the expectations are so high."