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Van Persie eyes new goals bonanza

Rio Ferdinand believes Robin van Persie is out to prove he is no one-season wonder for Manchester United.

Van Persie assumed star man status at United last season, firing home the goals that led to a 20th league championship for the Red Devils.

The 30-year-old's 26-goal contribution to the cause in his first campaign at Old Trafford led to the former Arsenal man being crowned the Premier League's Golden Boot winner for the second season running.

And Van Persie has already had an impact this term, following up his match-winning double in the Community Shield against Wigan by scoring twice in Saturday's win at Swansea.

Speaking ahead of Monday's mouth-watering home clash with championship rivals Chelsea, Ferdinand has highlighted why he feels it is just the start.

"Robin doesn't want to be remembered as a one-season wonder," said the experienced central defender.

"He doesn't want people to think about him as just coming here, doing well in that one season but not being able to continue. He wants to do it over a number of years. He is on course to be remembered in that way."

Ferdinand certainly senses an additional determination in Van Persie.

The Dutchman was so obviously delighted his gamble of leaving Arsenal to join United last summer paid off with his first Premier League winner's medal. And, like so many of his United team-mates, having got the taste for medals, he has no wish to lose it.

"Robin is not a short-term kind of guy," said Ferdinand. "It is all long-term for him. There is a thought process behind everything he does.

"It is all geared towards him being as good as he can be on a weekend. In that sense, he is just doing what you expect. He is a top player."

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