United landed Van Persie because they went the 'extra mile', claims Ferguson
10:32 GMT, 11 January 2013
11:04 GMT, 11 January 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United went the 'extra mile' in their pursuit of Robin van Persie.
The Manchester United boss will once again look to striker Van Persie for inspiration in Sunday's crunch clash with Liverpool, and he admitted today the Holland international has proved even more valuable than he thought when he bought him from Arsenal in the summer.
'I don't think we appreciated the full value of Robin but we are seeing that now,' said Ferguson on Friday. 'We realise the type of player he is and he has become really important for us.'
Star man: Van Persie has been one of the signings of the season after arriving from Arsenal in a 24m deal
City manager Roberto Mancini continues to rue the fact that his club didn't go the extra yard in their own pursuit of Van Persie in the summer.
Ferguson said: 'You either want players or you don't. 'You have to pay the price the selling club is holding out for.
'We wanted him badly so we were prepared to go the extra mile for him. 'That's the way the game is these days.
'Negotiations tend to end with both clubs satisfied and neither happy. That's the way it works.'
Comeback: Rooney is on the verge of returning from injury for Manchester United
In his morning press conference, Ferguson also revealed that Wayne Rooney is on the verge of a comeback for United.
Ferguson said that Rooney will not be
ready for the visit of Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League but is
back in training and may make the FA Cup replay with West Ham next week.
Ferguson said: 'Wayne will train today but Sunday will be too early. He could play next week against West Ham.'
United face Liverpool with a seven
point lead over City in the league. With United playing before City's
game at Arsenal later in the day, the lead could be ten points.