Manchester United have completed the signing of Robin van Persie, after the former Arsenal captain passed his medical and put pen to paper on a four-year contract.

The 29-year-old striker joins in time for the start of the 2012/13 campaign, and could go straight into the starting line-up for Monday's Premier League trip to Everton.

Speaking to the club's official website, Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed: "Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football.

"His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding."

Speaking after the formalities were completed, Van Persie had the following message for the fans: "It's an honour to sign for Manchester United.

"I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game. I can't wait to get started."

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