REVENGE MISSION; We'll Shoot Down City with 'New Cantona', Boasts Sir Alex; I Simply Never Thought We'd Get Van Persie

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REVENGE MISSION; We'll Shoot Down City with 'New Cantona', Boasts Sir Alex; I Simply Never Thought We'd Get Van Persie


Byline: IAN LADYMAN Northern Football Correspondent

SIR ALEX FERGUSON last night celebrated stealing Robin van Persie from under Manchester City's nose by warning his rivals they would never again score more goals than his own team.

The Manchester United manager hailed Van Persie as a new Eric Cantona after the Holland striker signed a four-year contract worth [pounds sterling]250,000 a week. He will be in the squad for Monday night's Barclays Premier League opener at Everton.

And Ferguson immediately went on the offensive, telling City that never again would they get the better of his team by scoring more goals, as they did in last season's thrilling title race.

Ferguson said: 'No matter the years of experience we have of going for titles, last year was a different type of year. It's the first time anyone has beaten us on goal difference. That is what cost us the league and it won't happen again. Trust me on that.

'Robin is what we have needed for the last couple of years. We needed a finished player. We have had several players who have been this sort of catalyst, starting with Eric Cantona. 'We were still capable of winning the title without Robin but he gives us a sort of certainty for the future. 'We never thought we could get Van Persie. Even if you go back six months I couldn't see us getting him. 'I didn't think Arsenal would let him go, but then he refused a new contract and that's when we acted. 'It's been a long haul but we needed a finished player. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are coming to the end and I need mature, top players to replace them.'

City fought very hard themselves to sign Van Persie from Arsenal and manager Roberto Mancini reacted to news of United's triumph by nominating his rivals as favourites for the title. The Italian even went as far as to suggest United now have the four best strikers in the world. Mancini said: 'It's for this reason that they are favourites for the title. United and Van Persie are better.'

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger disagreed with Ferguson's claim that his strikers now compare to the 1999 Treble-winning side. …

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