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Is that The King? No wait it’s Robin! Sir Alex puts Van Persie in bracket of Manchester United hero Eric Cantona

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is comparing Robin van Persie to Eric Cantona and hailed the way the Dutchman has galvanised the Reds’ front line.

Van Persie joined United from Arsenal for £24million in the summer and settled in at the club instantly – he currently tops the Premier League scoring charts with Swansea’s Michu on 12.

And Ferguson is likening Old Trafford’s latest sensation to Eric ‘The King’ Cantona – who spurred United onto four league titles in five years.

“He has got a similar profile to Eric in terms of age and maturity,” said the manager.

“He had a great spell at Arsenal so there is no issue with him needing to settle into the Premier League.

“He came from one big club to another big club and he is an established international. All these things in his profile suited us perfectly.”

United have displayed defensive frailty this season, but remain six points clear at the top of the league, thanks to a productive attack.

Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and others have provided a constant threat and helped United to 43 Premier League goals after 17 games – the highest in the division.

“The attacking aspect of our game has definitely improved,” Ferguson added.

“He has weighed in with 14 goals so far. Chicharito has got nine goals, Rooney has seven.

“I think and we have scored around 43 goals as a team, which is quite a high amount for this time of year.”

The Reds face a trip to Swansea on Sunday as they look to maintain their six-point advantage over rivals Manchester City into the New Year.

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