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Van Persie set to make debut against Everton

ESPN staff
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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to throw new arrival Robin van Persie straight into the thick of the action against Everton on Monday.

Van Persie still has to come through a medical before his move from Arsenal is finalised - for a reported fee of £22 million - but Ferguson is already looking ahead to the Premier League opener.

The 29-year-old could make his debut alongside the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell, both of whom also made the move to Old Trafford this summer.

"The fee has been agreed, which we're delighted about," Ferguson said. "He's on his way here from London to have a medical later. Hopefully, that goes according to plan.

"We hope he will be available for Monday night. It's great to have a player of the quality of Robin van Persie coming into the squad. I'm very pleased."

Although Van Persie has a history of injury problems, it is not expected that the medical will discover any issues that could scupper the transfer.

Where the Netherlands international fits into the team remains to be seen: he could play in tandem with Wayne Rooney in a striking role, or his presence could allow Rooney to drop back into midfield, where he played on occasion last season.

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