Van Persie collected his first Barclays Premier League winner's medal and the Golden Boot after adapting instantly to life at Old Trafford. Former Reds hitman van Nistelrooy, speaking ahead of the Red Heart United Legends match against another of his old clubs, Real Madrid, also feels that his ex-colleague Wayne Rooney is at his best when playing up front.
"Robin made a massive impact in his first season," van Nistelrooy told ManUtd.com. "Right from the beginning. He’s been a great signing and it ended with him winning the league.
"He’s a very good player in general. He scores the goals but, in nearly every goal that United score, he is a part of it with an assist or something else. He adds so much to the attacking play and will be very proud to win his first Premier League medal.
"I think he is definitely an example of a striker who can play the No9 and No10 roles together. He puts the goals in and provides a lot and I think, for a player of that quality, it’s very rare. He is top class."
As for Rooney, the England international played in different roles during the successful title-winning campaign and was not restricted to an out-and-out striking position.
"I like him playing further forward really," admitted van Nistelrooy. "Where he can hurt people. I know he has shown that he can play in midfield as well. He has great vision of the the game and is a fine passer of the ball as well and, physically, can get about the pitch and get stuck in. He was doing that as well but I'd like to see