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Van Persie can 'make a difference' for United
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is growing ever more confident that Robin van Persie is the man to "make a difference" in the title race.
Ferguson pulled off a huge coup when landing Van Persie from Arsenal in the summer, a transfer that has allowed him to partner the Netherlands international with Wayne Rooney.
An injury to Rooney prevented the pair from forging an understanding in the early weeks of the season but they are now operating together and Ferguson feels Van Persie is improving with every game.
"Van Persie's performances are getting better all the time now," Ferguson said. "Hopefully it does make a difference. We bought him for that reason - to make a difference. When we realised he wasn't going to sign for Arsenal, we really did our very best to get him and we succeeded.
"The signs have been terrific and he has made an impact immediately. It's very difficult bedding in new players but the thing at any big club is that you don't stand still."
United face leaders Chelsea on Sunday and Ferguson feels Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has bought well.
Ferguson said: "Chelsea have brought in Oscar and Hazard, two similar type players, I think. They're adapting to having these players with [Juan] Mata also. They're in behind the front player all the time and it's not an easy system to deal with. It's an interesting formation and we just have to find a way.
"Strong squads, particularly Chelsea and ourselves in terms of recent history, will always guarantee we will be able to handle the number of games you have to play."