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Van Persie salutes strike partners

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has praised the work ethic of forward partners Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

Van Persie joined United from Arsenal during the close-season and was expected to play a mentor role to his younger peers.

But the Dutchman believes Hernandez and Welbeck can provide as much guidance for him as he can for them.

“It goes both ways – I can learn from them as well,” Van Persie told MUTV.

“For example, I love Chicharito’s (Hernandez) enthusiasm, I love how he plays and trains and does his work off the pitch after training.

“A couple of weeks ago he wasn’t playing as much but he was in the gym every day doing extra work, and that sets a big example for everyone.

“Danny, too. He’s not playing in his favourite position at the moment but we need him and he’s working hard.

“When you have four strikers being so professional, it sets the tone for the others. Everyone realises we are all in it together and we all need to do our bit.”

Van Persie has scored 11 goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season, including a dramatic last-gasp winner in United’s 3-2 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

Wed 12 December, 2012
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