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Rooney backs Van Persie for award

Wayne Rooney has no doubts Robin van Persie will scoop the PFA Players' Player of the Year award on Sunday.

The Manchester United striker is one of six nominees for the prestigious prize, which he won in 2010. With United riding high on top of the Barclays Premier League and Rooney closing on his best ever scoring tally, the 26-year-old would be an obvious recipient - although he does not believe it will happen.

"It is nice to be nominated," Rooney told MUTV. "Obviously it's a great award to win and it's your work throughout the season that gets you into that position. But more than likely, Van Persie will win it."

In fact, Rooney cannot be sure of lifting United's own club prize this term.

Under the circumstances, it seems a bit bizarre to feel Rooney has not performed to his normal high standards.

However, he was deeply critical of himself despite scoring twice in last weekend's win over Aston Villa. And, having watched the game again, he saw nothing to change his mind.

"I have always said I don't just play football to score goals," he said.

"I like to enjoy the games and play well. Coming off the pitch on Sunday I felt it wasn't my best performance, and watching the game back it wasn't.

"I am quite critical of myself. That is one of the things that keeps me going."

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