The Champions League represents United’s only realistic chance of lifting any silverware this season after being knocked out of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup.
United, who take on Olympiacos tomorrow in the first leg of their last-16 tie, are strong favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.
The likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona have already laid down their perspective markers, but van Persie believes the competition is wide open.
“If you play well and are lucky you have a good chance of going far, but even then I think there are eight to 10 teams who could win it this year,” the Dutch striker said.
Though United have won all four of their meetings against Olympiacos, Ryan Giggs believes they will still prove to be tricky opponents.
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I think there are eight to 10 teams who could win it this year
“Once you get to this stage of the competition you know that there are not going to be any easy matches,” said Giggs.
“It’s hard to believe that was 12 years ago.
“I remember the home game in 2002 very well – probably because I scored twice.
“This time I think it will be a much more competitive and experienced Olympiacos, they did well in their games in the group stages. We know this match is going to be a tough tie, Olympiacos have a strong team.”
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