Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is not surprised at how quickly Robin van Persie has settled to life at O|d Trafford, and has drawn comparisons between the Dutchman and Red Devils legend Eric Cantona.

Van Persie signed for Manchester United from Arsenal for £24 million in the summer transfer window, and has scored 15 goals in 21 appearances since his August move.

Ferguson had hoped the signing of Van Persie would prove to be a catalyst for Manchester United as they strive to reclaim the Premier League champions, and so far the decision to sign the 29-year-old has paid dividends.

The Manchester United boss sees similarities between the deal for Van Persie and the arrival of Eric Cantona at Old Trafford, with the latter having inspired the Red Devils to the title in his first season with the club.

"He has got a similar profile to Eric in terms of age and maturity. He had a great spell at Arsenal so there is no issue with him needing to settle into the Premier League," Ferguson told Yahoo.

"He came from one big club to another big club and he is an established international. All these things in his profile suited us perfectly."

Cantona scored 82 goals in 185 games for United - winning the league four times - before abruptly retiring from football in 1997.

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