Van Persie believes Rooney reunion will help record better results for Man Utd
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is eager for Wayne Rooney’s return to the team. The Dutchman wants Rooney to join forces in bringing back the partnership that helped Manchester United win the Premier League title last season.
The former Arsenal striker was absent from Manchester United’s squad due to injury, but returned in the last game, a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United in the Premier League. Rooney, who had been Manchester United’s powerhouse in Van Persie’s absence, missed the last game due to suspension as a result of five yellow cards.
The attacking duo will be at David Moyes’ disposal for the Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday at Old Trafford. Manchester United manager Moyes is keen on taking away a win from this game in order to qualify for the last-16 stage of the Champions League.
Manchester United have lost the past two home games, which has led to the loss of a great deal of morale. Van Persie admits the team’s spirit might be heavily damaged, but a win was only what was keeping Manchester United from returning to form. Van Persie believes partnership with Rooney will be the key to bringing back good results to the table in the Premier League and the Champions League.
“What I enjoy most is the interaction together, that we both want to play together,” Van Persie told UEFA.com. “We both realize 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 No. 9 and No. 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.”
Manchester United are currently positioned ninth on the Premier League table, with 22 points from 15 games. The Premier League champions are 13 points away from the top nine points away from the relegation zone.