Falcao and I must compete with James Wilson, says Van Persie

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Manchester United striker looking forward to competition for places.

Radamel Falcao signed at Manchester United, putting Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie on notice to up their game in the process.

Rooney's ability to drop deep and captaincy suggest he is safer than the Dutchman, and the competition for places will surely drive each other on to new heights.

Van Persie has said all the strikers must battle for a starting place, and has not forgotten exciting teenage striker James Wilson, who he regards as one of those he must out-perform.

He is quoted by FIFA's website: "At a top club you should always go for the best, which also fits my philosophy. Falcao must fight for his place, as I also have to.

"We must duke with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson to see who is playing."

Wilson announced himself at the end of last season when selected against Hull City by now assistant boss Ryan Giggs, and repaid the faith with two goals in the victory at Old Trafford.

He was unable to take part in pre-season due to injury, but asserted his talent by scoring four goals in the Lancashire Cup Final for the under-21 side against rivals Manchester City in August.

He came off the bench against MK Dons in the humiliating defeat and was by far United's most dangerous player on the night, with only excellent goalkeeping preventing him from scoring a consolation.

Van Persie's deciding to name-check him indicates the high regard he is held by such an established striker, and the unique opportunity Wilson now has.

From training daily alongside the likes of Van Persie, Rooney, and now Radamel Falcao, he can learn from the very best, and with Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez gone, he is now arguably higher in the pecking order than he was previously.

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