Tuesday’s football gossip

Robin van Persie is confident United can press on
Robin van Persie is confident United can press on
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Robin van Persie believes Manchester United’s formidable attacking force will instil fear into their rivals.

United boss Louis van Gaal has added Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria to create an offensive quartet which, along with Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, stands comparison with any side in world football.

Asked if United will be able to frighten teams with their firepower, the Holland striker said: “I think we can be able to actually do that. If you look at these players, they are great players in their individual way.

“But now we are working together on this project.”

Ashley Cole claims the pressure is on Manchester City to beat his new side Roma tonight.

Victory for Roma would mean consecutive defeats in Europe for Manuel Pellegrini’s side and leave a mountain to climb for City.

Cole said: “If we win it will make it more difficult for them to catch up and will probably make us top of the group and in good stead for us qualifying –- but it’s going to be a tough game and we don’t want to look too far ahead.”

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is preparing for crunch talks with club owner Mike Ashley following the 1-0 loss at Stoke – and very much aware the axe could be hovering above him.

Pardew expects to have “some serious conversations” over the next few days with Ashley, who said in the build-up to the match the manager would be ‘’finished’’ if it ended in defeat – a comment Newcastle insisted was made in jest.

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has been offered a new one-year deal and is keen to extend his career at the club.

Arteta signed three years ago from Everton for £10m and his contract is due to expire at the end of the season, by which time the Basque midfielder will be 33.

Arsene Wenger’s standard policy for players over 30 is to offer them no more than 12 months at a time but this will suit Arteta, who inherited the captaincy from Thomas Vermaelen in the summer.