Robin van Persie has been backed to finish the season in style with Manchester United.
Van Persie helped provide the assist for United's goal in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Monday with a superb in-swinging free-kick, but once again failed to find the back of the net over the 90 minutes.
The Netherlands international has now gone ten games without a goal, but bookmakers William Hill make him odds on to score against Stoke at the weekend and just 5/4 to score five or more goals in the remaining seven Premiership fixtures.
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told Crunchsports.com: "Van Persie is pure class and we believe he will come good sooner, rather than later."
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for the £24million forward following the City defeat and remains confident that the Red Devils will still win the Premier League title, despite Sergio Aguero's winner on Monday cutting the gap to 12 points with seven games to go.
He told Sky Sports: "I thought Van Persie was absolutely fantastic today. I brought Wayne Rooney back – he almost played 90 minutes. That'll bring him on again, because he's missed a couple of games.
"Looking at the whole thing it's not a bad day for us in terms of performance level. You don't want to lose a derby game but we're okay.
"It was a very intense game, competitive - two of the best teams in the country. The opening period was end to end but nothing quite happened.
"We were quite dangerous a few times on the counter-attack where we should have done better but I thought second half we were the better team - I thought we were unlucky to lose it."