Neville wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "Robin van Persie was fantastic for Manchester United against his former club, Arsenal and in his interview afterwards he said both he and Wayne Rooney were ‘9 and a halfs’ — in other words, part-orthodox centre-forward, part attacking playmaker.
"I think Robin was being polite for television. Make no mistake, on the evidence I saw at Old Trafford, Robin van Persie is a No 9.
"This is a centre-forward who hunts on the back of the shoulders of defenders, who moves and takes chances with maximum efficiency.
"He might have started as a left-winger and developed into someone who played off a striker. But right now he is a top-class centre-forward, a player who excels at playing up front on his own.
"Eric Cantona came to United as an experienced player, but Van Persie will score more goals than Eric, whose record wasn’t bad. Ten in 13 games is a brilliant start, but I’ve got a feeling it is only just the start."