Robin van Persie has insisted that Sir Alex Ferguson can't be separated from Arsene Wenger in terms of management styles, with the Manchester United striker having worked alongside two of the Premier League's best gaffers in his career.

Van Persie spent eight years at Arsenal before making a somewhat controversial move to the Red Devils in the summer, after refusing to sign a new deal with the Gunners beyond 2013.

Since the move, which some believed might prove to be a mistake for United as they paid over the odds for van Persie, the striker has proved the critics wrong and continues to score at will, keeping the side in serious contention for the title.

And after working with both Ferguson and Wenger, who are both believed to be two of the world's top managers at present, van Persie insists they are both as iconic as one another.

"I am the only player who can judge what it's like working with Arsene and Sir Alex," he told Sky Sports. "It is an absolute privilege to say that in my career I have had both these managers at the clubs I have played for.

Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie says he loved working under Arsene Wenger, and equally under Sir Alex Ferguson.

"They are both icons as managers in football. They are both world class, one not more nor less than the other.

"I purely look at this comparison as a footballer. I look at the way they both work on the pitch, in training, at the club and off the field.

"I had a fantastic time with Arsene. I enjoyed training, playing, talking and all the other times I spent with him. I love it that I now experience the same with Sir Alex.

"But what I love about both managers is that they came to their clubs for a good cause. They both wanted to be at the club for a really long time."

United have won matches on the back of van Persie's skills this season much the same as Arsenal did the season before, and the Dutchman has received a Ballon D'Or nomination for his efforts in both domestic and international football over the past year.