Belfast Telegraph

Van Persie arrival lifts Rooney

Wayne Rooney is hoping Robin van Persie's move north from Arsenal triggers the arrival of a goal rush at Manchester United.

Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo's world record departure in 2009, Rooney has carried the burden of leading United's attack. But ahead of Monday's visit to former club Everton, Rooney insists Van Persie's £24million transfer to United will not lessen the weight of expectation on his shoulders.

"We are playing for Manchester United, so there is always expectation on us," he said. "Over the last two or three years I have been the one scoring the goals but that will not happen without the players to give you the assists."

However, after losing out on the title to Manchester City on goal difference last term, the Red Devils favourite hopes Van Persie will quickly find the form that allowed the Dutchman to edge Rooney out from the Golden Boot prize last term.

"The only thing that will change is that we might be able to share the goals out a little bit more," he added.

"It would be great for us to score more goals because effectively, that is what we lost the league on last season."

Sir Alex Ferguson will hope there is no negative aspect to Van Persie's transfer and that Rooney responds to the knowledge his status as United's main man is under threat.

Rooney has also admitted that Van Persie's presence in the United dressing room has given everyone a lift.

"Obviously it is great for the team - for the players and fans - to sign a player of his quality," he said.

"As forwards it is great for us to have someone like that to play with and it is always exciting when you sign a new player of that quality and ability."

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