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Robin van Persie ‘last piece of the jigsaw’ for Manchester United, claims Sir Alex Ferguson

By Paddy von Behr

Sir Alex Ferguson labelled Manchester United’s top goal scorer Robin van Persie as the ‘last piece of the jigsaw’ following Sunday’s draw with Swansea City.

United could only manage a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium, allowing rivals Manchester City to reduce their league lead to four points.

But Ferguson, who last week compared van Persie to Eric Cantona, was once again full of praise for the Dutch striker.

“I am reluctant to subscribe to the cult of an individual,” said Ferguson. “But sometimes you find the last piece of the jigsaw.”

Van Persie provided the assist for Patrice Evra to give United the lead, before the prolific Michu earned the Welsh side a point.

Evra insisted the Red Devils deserved all three points and he is confident for the rest of the festive period, starting with Newcastle United on Wednesday.

“I felt that we deserved to win at Swansea and that is why I am really confident for the rest of the games we having coming up over Christmas,” said Evra.

“We have to move on from the draw and focus on our next game against Newcastle.

“It is important to win and it is important that we keep playing well.”

United will play three games in seven days between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, in contrast to other leagues across Europe, which break for Christmas.

But Evra sees the packed schedule as an opportunity to kick on and further United’s prospects of regaining the Premier League title.

“This is an important part of the season and it is an opportunity to get a lot of points,” he added.

“I’m not worried, I am really confident for the games coming up at Old Trafford.”

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