Fergie - RVP set for debut

United manager excited by options as Dutchman has medical

Robin van Persie: Expected to make his Manchester United debut against Everton on Monday

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Sir Alex Ferguson says he is 'sure' that Robin van Persie will be available to make his Manchester United debut against Everton as the Dutchman prepares to undergo a medical.

United announced on Wednesday night that they had agreed a fee with Arsenal for the striker, with the transfer set to be finalised once personal terms have been settled and a medical has been passed.

Ferguson does not anticipate any problems and is looking forward to unleashing Van Persie in Monday night's Premier League clash at Goodison Park.

"He is on his way up from London for a medical later this afternoon," said the Red Devils manager.

"We hope that goes according to plan. His agent is in discussions with (United chief executive) David Gill right about now.

"We hope all the things will be tied up, although sometimes medicals do take a bit longer. I am sure he will be available for Monday's game."

Van Persie's arrival will present Ferguson with a wealth of attacking options, and he is excited about seeing the Dutchman in tandem with Wayne Rooney.

Ferguson likened his present situation to that he had in 1999 when Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke scored 53 goals during United's Treble-winning campaign, reinforced by UEFA Champions League final heroes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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"It is a fantastic collection of players and hopefully I pick the right combinations. It is great to have a player of Robin van Persie's qualities to come into the squad. I am very pleased."

Sir Alex Ferguson

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"They (Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie) are two fantastic players and it will be great to have both of them," said Ferguson.

"It gives us more strength and more combinations up front.

"In 1999 I had Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the four best strikers in Europe.

"We are going towards that now with Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Robin, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa.

"It is a fantastic collection of players and hopefully I pick the right combinations.

"It is great to have a player of Robin van Persie's qualities to come into the squad. I am very pleased."