Van Persie: Man Utd Arsenal's biggest threat

"I just think our biggest rivals at the end of the season are Man U, because of the quality," Van Persie said. "They have lots of quality players up there who can win games for the team.

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"Even when they are playing poorly, they have [Wayne] Rooney, they have [Cristiano] Ronaldo and lots of good strikers who can win games.

"That is why I think it will be a battle between Arsenal and them."

After Arsenal suffered a surprise defeat at struggling Middlesbrough last week, Van Persie knows there can be little margin for error.

"It's quite close. Chelsea is just behind Arsenal and Man U," he said.

"We need to win on Sunday. It's not about a draw or anything else. We need to win because we are just one point clear of Man U. That's why we need to win."

He added: "In games against teams like Middlesbrough, you can sort of collect bonus points. You need to win those games so you can, in a worse case scenario, lose a game against Chelsea or Man U.

"That was why I was a little bit disappointed with last Sunday."

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