Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United need all four of their strikers to fire them to top of the table this season.
United's 200 goal striker Wayne Rooney and Dutch forward Robin Van Persie have emerged as manager David Moyes' first choices but Old Trafford favourite Ferdinand insists that Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez will be crucial in giving the Manchester side an edge this season.
"The delight the manager has got is that you have people like Chicarito Hernandez and Danny Welbeck waiting in the wings, who deserve time on the pitch as well because their ability demands that," he told The Sun.
"That's been the whole point of this club, all the time since the manager has been bringing in four strikers at the club, like Teddy, Ole, Dwight and Coley - it's been the staple of the club since then.
"Time will tell if it Van Persie and Rooney will be the one of the great partnerships. But I think nowadays you have to share the load between four."
The 34-year-old defender stated that he feels Rooney is at the peak of his career after scoring his 200th goal for the club in a Champions league clash against Bayern Leverkusen mid week
"He's playing well and long may it continue," he said.
"It's important to have him back, he's a fantastic footballer and everyone knows that it's not in doubt.
"When you have players capable of doing what he's doing, you want them in tip-top condition."
Ferdinand believes that the 27-year-old star striker, who now has joined the exclusive 200 goals club, can surpass United's record of 249 which is held by Sir Bobby Charlton.
"He's got a chance to go on and make history now. It's up to him to do that," Rio concluded.
The Red Devils travel to local rivals Manchester City this Sunday and will be hoping for three points in David Moyes' first Manchester derby.
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