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Van Persie can fire Manchester United to title glory, insists Andy Cole

The former Red Devils star feels the current side are beginning to find their best form this season, and also hails the "tremendous" legacy of boss Sir Alex Ferguson

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By Kenneth Tan

Manchester United legend Andy Cole believes Robin van Persie could be crucial in bringing the Premier League crown back to Old Trafford this season.

Van Persie has been in scintillating form since his £24 million switch from Arsenal over the summer, netting 11 times in 14 appearances so far, and the Red Devils' former No.9 feels the Netherlands international's goals could be the deciding factor in this season's title race.

Speaking during a visit to Singapore to promote Manchester United soccer schools, he told Goal.com: "I think the current team is very good.

"If you look at the position they're in now after losing out on the Premier League last season by a goal, the manager's decided to bring in a player like Robin van Persie to stop that happening again.

"The way he's playing this season and with Wayne Rooney and [Danny] Welbeck and [Javier] Hernandez scoring goals the team is looking very good.

"We're playing some good football, it didn't look like that in the early part of the season but it's looking good now."

Van Persie recently enthused on his burgeoning partnership with Wayne Rooney, with the duo compared in some quarters to the stellar pairing of Cole and Dwight Yorke in the famous treble winning season of 1998-99.

Cole himself described the "special" attacking pair with pride, saying: "That partnership still gets talked about now.

"I believe not just at Man United, but also at other clubs in the Premier League, they will love to have that kind of partnership that will score many goals, bring entertainment to the fans, [and] gain opportunity to win things.

"For me to be involved in such a partnership, especially in such a great campaign in which we won the Treble, it's something very special indeed."

The former England striker went on to praise manager Sir Alex Ferguson, stating that the Scot's 26-year legacy at the club is unlikely to be matched again.

"He's a tremendous manager," Cole continued. "For anyone to manage at that level for 26 years is no mean feat and I don't think it will be done again.

"To still be as driven as he is and what he brings to the club means when he does leave he'll be leaving the club in great shape and it was a great honour to play for him."

Debate has raged over who Sir Alex's successor at Old Trafford might be, but Cole refused to be drawn on the matter, insisting the appointment will be a tough decision.

"I really don't know who I have in mind," he said. "No doubt there will be a lot of people putting their names forward for this job, but we have to wait and see when he decides to retire before deciding who will be good enough to take over."

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