After Manchester United were pipped to the Premier League title by local rivals Manchester City on goal difference last season, Ryan Giggs is hopeful that summer signing Robin van Persie will prove to be the difference between success and failure this year.
Sir Alex Ferguson has improved his attacking options with the £24million addition of the former Arsenal striker - who finished last season as the league's top goalscorer with 30 goals - in the hope the same scenario will not happen again.
With four goals in his first three games for United this season, including a hat-trick in last weekend's 3-2 victory over Southampton, Van Persie has wasted little time in settling into his new Old Trafford surroundings, and Giggs is confident in the Dutchman's ability to deliver plenty more.
"We lost it on goal difference, so hopefully the goals that he's bringing, if it does come down to goal difference, then we'll have the upper hand this time," the Welshman told Sky Sports News.
"The goals that he's scored, and his performances in general, it's obvious he's a world-class player."
The Red Devils veteran acknowledged that the money paid to bring the 29-year-old to the club was a departure from Ferguson's traditional transfer policy, but reaffirmed his belief that the opportunity was just too good to turn down.
"The manager's policy over the last 10, 15 years is to buy young players and develop them," Giggs added. "The likes of Cristiano [Ronaldo], the likes of Wayne [Rooney].
"But Robin's a readymade world-class star and is proven. I think he's shown that in the first few games and I'm sure there's more to come."
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