Van Persie rejects rumours of Rooney rift

by Tom Parker

Robin van Persie has expressed his delight at playing alongside Wayne Rooney and stated that their partnership is always improving.

Rooney took his United goal tally to 200 on Tuesday night with a brace against Bayer Leverkusen and van Persie, top scorer last season with 30 goals, was also on the score sheet.

Both also found the net against Crystal Palace last weekend and between them, they have managed an incredible 28 goals in just 23 Premier League starts.

Ahead of the Manchester derby, van Persie took some time out to speak about his Rooney and has insisted that he enjoys playing alongside him.

“I think everyone can see that Wayne and I want to play together – that we are trying to give the ball to each other,” he said.

“For example, the ball that just missed me in the second half against Bayer Leverkusen on – Tuesday night, when it went past me, came because he wanted to pass to me.

“He wasn’t trying to score himself. And that works both ways. I really think if we can keep on growing, keep on passing to each other, we can both end up with a lot of goals this season.

“I am very pleased with my partnership with him – we love to play together, you know. I think we are similar players in the way that we are all-round – we can both drop back and go in behind.”

Reports had suggested that Rooney and van Persie’s relationship wasn’t good off the field but the Dutchman quashed those rumours, reiterating that he loves playing alongside Rooney.

He continued: “We both have a pass in us – which is what I love. I love to play with Wayne because for me he has it all.

“As long as we can combine that really well, as long as we work together and try to improve – which we are doing – I think we can go from strength to strength.

“The way I see it, we just want to score a lot together. And that applies to everyone – not only Wayne and me.”

United go into the derby today with Rooney on top form and a player as classy as van Persie can turn a game in an instant, so City will have to defend well if they are going to keep both of them quiet on what is sure to be a tense and nervous derby day.

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