Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Rooney and I will get better, says Manchester United strike Robin van Persie

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Robin Van Persie of Manchester United in action during a first team training session, ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group A match against Shakhtar Donetsk, at Aon Training Complex on December 09, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

ROBIN van Persie believes his Manchester United strike partnership with Wayne Rooney can go from strength to strength as the season progresses.

The duo have 15 Premier League goals between them so far this season, with their form providing a rare bright spot in a difficult start to the season for David Moyes' side.

And Van Persie feels the understanding between the pair is vital to their success.

"It's the interaction together, it's that we both want to play together," he admitted. "We realise that we are better off playing together because we are stronger as a partnership.

"With a player of Wayne's calibre we can go from strength to strength and become even better than we are now.

"Lately we've been playing really well together, we've been setting up goals for each other, we are both scoring.

"It is important that this partnership is growing and becoming even stronger."

Van Persie feels the strength of both players' all-round games is what makes them so difficult to play against.

Rather than United operating with a traditional 'number nine' supported by a deep-lying 'number 10', the Holland international said: "We are both 'nine-and-a-halves'.

"We can play high up front, we can drop, it is an extra quality we both have which is quite rare.

"If you look around you have loads of main strikers, target men, 'foxes in the boxes', and you have 'number 10s' who are dropping in more and it's very obvious.

"With us it's not obvious, we can both do that job. Wayne is doing it a bit more because he's playing behind me but we can both do it."

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