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Fergie: Strikers key to glory

Sir Alex Ferguson reckons his three front-line strikers can deliver trophies this season by scoring 20 goals each.

Last Updated: 09/11/12 at 12:38 Post Comment

The summer acquisition of Robin van Persie has given the Manchester United manager a pool of forwards he has already compared to the treble-winning quartet from 1999.

Van Persie has 11 goals already, a rejuvenated Javier Hernandez has six, and even a modest return of three for Wayne Rooney is no cause of concern for Ferguson.

"Robin's experienced. He had eight years at Arsenal which helps and he's come to us at the right time, there's no doubt," said Ferguson, who also has Danny Welbeck in his squad.

"He's got us 11 goals so far and Chicharito is on six and getting back to what he was a couple of years ago - a summer's rest has helped enormously.

"He's looking fresh and aggressive with his running, always a handful, and Wazza will get to 20 goals plus, I'm sure of that. It's a healthy combination we've got up there.

"Last year we lost on goal difference and I don't expect us to lose on goal difference again - Robin may make that difference. Wayne had goals last year and the way Chicharito has started this season I'm certain he'll get to 20 plus."

Of United's four main strikers in 1999 only two, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, reached the 20-goal mark.

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