Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident new signing Robin van Persie will be available for the Old Trafford side’s Premier League curtain raiser against Everton on Monday


Ferguson also compared his newly formed strike force to that of the treble-winning side from 1999.


Arsenal and United confirmed yesterday evening that a fee – reportedly in the region of £24million – had been agreed between the two clubs and the Gunners captain would join the United once a medical had been completed.


The Scot confirmed the Dutch striker was on his way to Manchester to partake in a medical and that finalising a deal was close.


“He is on his way up from London for a medical later this afternoon,” he told journalists at a new United sponsorship deal launch.


“We hope that goes according to plan. His agent is in discussions with (United chief executive) David Gill right about now.


“We hope all the things will be tied up, although sometimes medicals do take a bit longer. I am sure he will be available for Monday's game.”


Ferguson was obviously excited about snapping up last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner, as he likened the combination of Van Persie with his current forward to that of the famous side that won the league, FA Cup and Champions League in the same season.


He was most excited about the pairing of the Holland international with United’s main man at the moment.


“They (Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie) are two fantastic players and it will be great to have both of them,” he added.


“It gives us more strength and more combinations up front.


“In 1999 I had Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the four best strikers in Europe.


“We are going towards that now with Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Robin, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa.


“It is a fantastic collection of players and hopefully I pick the right combinations


“It is great to have a player of Robin van Persie's qualities to come into the squad. I am very pleased.”

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