Man United’s Robin van Persie talks up partnership with Wayne Rooney

Robin van Persie is confident that his strike partnership with Wayne Rooney can go from "strength to strength" for Manchester United

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Robin van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals last season Photo: Back Page Images

Robin van Persie is confident that his strike partnership with Wayne Rooney can go from “strength to strength” for Manchester United this season.

The two forwards have been the Red Devils’ standout performers in an otherwise disappointing start to the campaign for David Moyes’ men, who stuttered to their second straight home league loss against Newcastle on Saturday.

And the 30-year-old, who returned to the starting line-up during the 1-0 loss to the Magpies after shaking off a groin problem, is delighted with how his partnership with the England international is developing.

“With a player of Wayne’s calibre, we can go from strength to strength, and we can become even better

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“What I enjoy most is the interaction together, that we both want to play together,” Van Persie told UEFA.com.

“We both realise that we are better off playing together, because we are stronger when we are playing together, as a partnership. That’s the main thing in any partnership.

“You have to have a certain partnership when you’re playing with the number 9 and number 10, the main striker and the second striker. A left-back and a left winger need to have a partnership; the midfielders need to have a partnership; the two centre-backs, together with both full-backs, are the same.

“So you all have small partnerships in a big partnership, and I think it’s very important that you want to work together and you try to feed the ball in to each other, and make each other stronger. You are always stronger, in any sport, in life, when you are doing stuff together. So that makes me really happy.

“With a player of Wayne’s calibre, we can go from strength to strength, and we can become better; even better than we do it now. I think we’ve been playing really well together, we’ve been setting up goals for each other and scoring, which is what I want. One game he will score a couple, the next game I will score a couple.

“Hopefully we get more goals from the wingers as well, which is important, and the midfielders. But it is important that this partnership is growing and becoming even stronger.”

Rooney has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season, while Van Persie has eight strikes to his name so far.

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