Manchester United

Robin Van Persie on Falcao: '(He) Has to Fight for His Place, Just Like Me'

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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterSeptember 2, 2014

It's getting crowded at the top of Manchester United's attack. 

With the team announcing Radamel Falcao's arrival at Old Trafford following a shock move from Monaco, suddenly Robin van Persie has some very formidable competition as the club's undisputed top goalscoring target. 

Van Persie and Falcao could also play up top together with Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata as the creative hubs behind him, but Falcao's arrival could also potentially push Van Persie to the bench at times. 

But the 31-year-old Dutchman has welcomed the Colombian's arrival. 

"I am happy with the arrival of Falcao," Van Persie told Fox Sports (h/t Goal). "He makes us a better team. You always have to aim for the best at a big club. That's my philosophy as well. 

"Falcao has to fight for his place, just like me. The two of us and Wayne Rooney and James Wilson will have to fight it out." 

Van Persie also took the time to squash reports that he required knee surgery to fix an injury sustained prior to the World Cup. 

"I don't know where these rumours are coming from," he said. "I can honestly say that I will not visit a hospital anytime soon to undergo surgery. 

"You need quite a lively fantasy to come up with this nonsense." 


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