Manchester United have 'everything in place' for Champions League return – Van Persie

The Dutchman believes the summer arrivals of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria have given the Red Devils a frontline to be feared as they bid to return to the top four

Robin van Persie insists everything is in place for Manchester United to return to the Champions League this season.

United have endured a mixed start to life under new manager Louis van Gaal, winning just two of their opening six Premier League fixtures.

There is plenty of cause for optimism at Old Trafford, however, after United spent around €192 million on the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao before the transfer window shut in September.

And while United are yet to completely convince, Van Persie remains confident the Manchester giants will be among the top four at the end of May.

“That’s our aim this year to be sure,” he told reporters. “To be in the top four.

“If you look at our players, fans, squad, stadium, it’s normal to be in the top four. This year we have a great manager, great staff, great fans so, when you look at everything together, it makes it hard [not to be in the Champions League].

“Everything is in place to be up there competing with the very best teams. I think we can do it and we will.”

With United’s fragile defence under the spotlight, having conceded nine goals in six games, the pressure is on the club’s attackers to produce the goods.

Falcao, Di Maria and captain Wayne Rooney and are all at Van Gaal’s disposal and Van Persie – buoyed by Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham – is confident the star quartet can strike fear into their opponents.

“I think we can be able to actually do that. If you look at these players, they are great players in their individual way,” the Dutchman added.

“But now we are working together on this project and I think games like winning 4-0 against QPR help. We had a setback against Leicester [losing 5-3], but to win in these circumstances like the weekend sends a message and shows that even in these difficult games we can win. Now we have to extend that.

“The first half was 11 v 11 and we were playing really well as a whole team. Eight minutes later it was 10 v 11 and the whole thing changed, but the way we fought for each other was unbelievable.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking at times, but we dug in and we did it so it gave us a lot of confidence.”

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