Goal.com readers back Van Persie to emulate Cantona at Manchester United

A hefty 60.6 per cent of responses to our poll indicated that the Dutchman can have an impact similar to that of the legendary Frenchman following his move from Arsenal
Robin van Persie has the ability to emulate the heroics of Eric Cantona and become a Manchester United legend, according to Goal.com readers.

The Dutchman's two goals secured a come-from-behind win away at CFR Cluj in the Champions League on Tuesday and helped him continue a fine start to his Old Trafford career.

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After completing the transfer of Van Persie from Arsenal in August, Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "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 never thought we could get Van Persie. Even if you go back six months I couldn't see us getting him."

With Cantona already in Sir Alex's thinking and Goal.com's Jonathan Birchall suggesting that the striker could be United's greatest coup since the much-loved Frenchman, 60.6 per cent of those who voted in our poll agreed that the former Gunner could go on to earn a place in the club's folklore.

A sizeable minority of 39.4%, however, felt that Cantona's status at Old Trafford and on-pitch feats could not be equalled by the 29-year-old.