Robin Van Persie Wants Wayne Rooney Link-Up Amid Manchester United Transfer Talk

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Wayne Rooney (R) and Robin van Persie of Manchester United talk during a training session ahead of their Champions League Group A match against Shakhtar Donetsk at their Carrington Training Complex on October 01, 2013 in Manchester, England (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Robin van Persie has spoken fondly of the relationship he's managed to spark up with Wayne Rooney since moving to Old Trafford, saying he's looking forward to further success alongside his striking cohort.

It was only at the weekend that rumours began to arise—driven by Mark Lawrenson—that van Persie had handed in a transfer request at Manchester United, per Ben Burrows of the Mirror.

Rumours are swirling that RVP wants to leave United
Rumours are swirling that RVP wants to leave UnitedAlex Livesey/Getty Images

In that regard, the Dutchman's latest comments would appear to be something of a 180-degree spin on his position, the forward now speaking of how success can be achieved at United alongside Rooney.

Paul Brown of the Daily Star reports van Persie praising the partnership he and Rooney have managed to strike up as a strike duo under David Moyes, but adds there is much more to come:

It's the interaction together, it's that we both want to play together. 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, which is what I want. It is important that this partnership is growing and becoming stronger.

As Brown points out, the attacking duo have had just eight starts alongside each other this season but nonetheless hold bragging rights as Moyes' top scorers in the campaign, with 20 goals between them across all competitions.

Dutchman van Persie goes on to talk more of the tactical link-up he enjoys with Rooney, with neither striker necessarily defined by a set type of player:

We are both nine-and-a-halves. We can play high up front or we can drop, it is an extra quality we both have which is rare. If you look around you have loads of main strikers, target men, foxes in the boxes.

And you have No. 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 change the game if it's needed.

The Oranje star certainly seems confident of the potential he and his fellow attacker have to make a difference, but even the pair's goals haven't been enough to get Moyes' side out of their current Premier League woes.

Van Persie made his return from injury in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday, but Rooney was suspended. The England man should return for the Red Devils' Champions League fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United (L) celebrates with Wayne Rooney of Manchester United as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Tra
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While their contributions this season are already significant, more may be demanded if the club are to improve on their current ranking as just the sixth-best attacking force in the English top flight.

Last season, van Persie and Rooney scored a respectable 38 Premier League goals between them. Almost halfway through the 2013/14 term, they may need a bump in form if they are to better that tally.