Cluj 1 Man United 2: Robin van Persie wants to chip in with more assists
Cluj 1 Man United 2: Robin van Persie admits he wants to chip in with more assists after the striker netted twice for the Red Devils
Robin van Persie admitted he wants to chip in with more assists after the striker netted twice as Manchester United came from behind to beat Cluj on Tuesday.
The Romanian champions took a 14th-minute lead when Modou Sougou beat Patrice Evra for pace and sent in a low cross for Panterlis Kapetanos, who tucked his finish under David De Gea.
United finally restored parity two minutes before half-time, with Wayne Rooney’s free-kick finding Van Persie, who guided his effort over Cluj goalkeeper Mario Felgueiras.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, who were 1-0 winners against Galatasaray in their opening group game, completed victory when Rooney’s incisive pass was met by Van Persie – and the Dutch striker guided his finish into the net.
“I think I’m on the way,” Van Persie told ITV. “I’d like to make more assists.
“I have seven goals but for me, as I’ve said many times, it’s not only about goals. Of course it’s about winning, but I want to make more assists.
“Until now, I gave only one so I want that to improve a bit. I’m on a god run but I can always do better.”
Rooney and Van Persie started their first game together in Romania, and the Netherlands international is confident the pair can strike up an understanding – highlighted by his second goal.
“I have to look at it again, but it felt good when it came off. Everything starts with a good pass so I have to thank Wayne, because not many players can give a pass like that,” added Van Persie.
“It was good build-up play before the goal and, when it came to him, I knew he could see that pass and actually give it exactly the way I wanted, so credit to Wayne.
“I think it’s the first time we both started together and we’re both very pleased with that, but we’re all in it together. Chicharito played very well today, we have Danny [Welbeck], we have lots of strikers so we’re all doing it together.”