By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Last season's top scorer signed for Manchester United under much fanfare, with the club's supporters hopeful that van Persie can fire the Red Devils back to Premier League glory this year. As the Dutchman is widely expected to partner Wayne Rooney upfront, there has been a growing discussion regarding the futures of Welbeck and Hernandez.
The club promptly signalled their intentions to keep Welbeck by tying down the 21-year old with a new contract two days ago. Ritchie advised both Welbeck and Hernandez to make full use of their time with van Persie to learn as much as possible from the experienced frontman.
"It's a great opportunity for Danny and Chicha to learn from one of the world's best, they've got to embrace the fact they'll be playing alongside a fantastically, successful and decorated player whose at the top of his craft," he said to the club's official website.
"When he's on song I think he's unplayable."
The former striker also believes the attacking duo still warrant places in the United first team squad, and should not worry about their futures at the club.
"I don't think either should be afraid. If Manchester United didn't think both had fantastic futures then they wouldn't be here," Ritchie stated.
"Neither have anything to worry about - they should both embrace van Persie's arrival and take as much as they can from a master."
Although several have expressed scepticism about manager Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to sign the 29-year old van Persie, Ritchie pointed out that the Red Devils boasted two active older players whom the former Arsenal striker could emulate.
"The big thing for Robin is to keep fit. The demands on the modern-day footballer are greater than ever before and you have to be able to look after yourself if you want to keep playing late into your 30s," he shared.
"Just look at the example Ryan [Giggs] and [Paul] Scholes have set and who's to say Robin can't follow the same regime and be a fantastic player for us for four years and even longer."
Manchester United will be hunting for their first win of the new season when they host Fulham on Saturday.