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Manchester United: Is Wayne Rooney Living in Robin Van Persie's Shadow?
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A stunning through ball from Anderson and Wayne Rooney did the rest.

Manchester United demolished Fulham 4-1 in the FA Cup fourth round Saturday, with the Englishman's second-half effort the pick of the goals.

With goal-scoring extraordinaire Robin van Persie absent from the Red Devils lineup, Rooney helped pick up the slack, involving himself in most of his team's meaningful attacks.

There have been whispers this season, though, from an increasingly vocal minority, that claim the Englishman is currently living in Van Persie's shadow.

With his recent change of position to a deeper-lying midfielder, has his worth to Sir Alex Ferguson's side diminished?

It is a glorious time to be a Manchester United fan, but is it so glorious for Wayne Rooney?

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