Sir Alex Ferguson has not given up on his dream of forming a deadly combination by pairing Arsenal's Robin van Persie with Manchester United star Wayne Rooney.
His ultimate objective is to wrest the title from Manchester City but it would cause more misery for Arsenal and destroy their spirits forever.
Ironically, the Manchester United boss will be among the guests at the Labour Party Sports Dinner at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
Ominously, Fergie remains in the hunt for Van Persie after the Dutchman refused to extend his deal with the Gunners.
United’s rivals Manchester City are determined to step up their interest in last season’s double player of the year once they have finalised the £6 million sale of Emmanuel Adebayor to Spurs, according to The Sun.
Van Persie, however, is believed to be concerned about boss Roberto Mancini’s policy of rotating his strikers and possibly being a sub.
United do not want to be sucked into a tapping-up row like City and are reluctant to pay £30m for a 29-year-old.
Whatever he decides, Van Persie wants his future to be sorted out before Arsenal leave for their Asia tour, which kicks off with a match against a Malaysia XI on July 24.
The Gunners are due to face City in Beijing on July 27.
United fly out to South Africa on Monday at the start of their own pre-season schedule — which also includes a stop in Shanghai, China.