Robin van Persie's impact at Manchester United has been similar to the stunning transformation brought about by the signing of Eric Cantona, manager Alex Ferguson said.
Dutch striker Van Persie has scored 15 goals since signing from Arsenal, drawing comparisons with the Frenchman whose arrival at Old Trafford was the catalyst for United to win the league title for the first time in 26 years.
"I reckon here at Manchester United we got our Christmas present early — right at the start of the season in fact when Robin van Persie arrived at Old Trafford,” Ferguson said.
“I am reluctant to subscribe to the cult of an individual because I firmly believe the essence of a successful football team depends on teamwork, and neither are we a one-man team, but sometimes there really is a situation where you are lucky enough to find the last piece of the jigsaw”.
"We did it when we brought Eric Cantona to Old Trafford where he proved to be the right player at the right club at the right time," Ferguson said.
Huntelaar looks to extend Schalke stay
Berlin:Schalke 04's prolific Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has extended his contract by two years until 2015, the Bundesliga club said.
"I've thought about this decision long and hard and I'm very grateful that the club officials allowed me the time to do so. But now I've made the choice I'm most comfortable with," Huntelaar, 29, said.
Reds offer Gerrard new contract
Liverpool: Brendan Rodg-ers has confirmed he will offer Steven Gerrard a new contract at Liverpool as the club close in on the £12m signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea.
The Liverpool manager said: “Steven is vital to us. He has 18 months left on his contract but I would want him to go beyond that for this club. This is a guy who has led his life right as a football player and that allows you to play well into your 30s. He has played every minute of every league game for us, which shows what an incredible figure he is."