Wayne Rooney denies rift between him and Robin van Persie

by Sam Peoples

Wayne Rooney has rubbished talk that there is a rift between himself and Robin van Persie at Manchester United.

The arrival of the Dutchman forced Rooney into a peripheral role at Old Trafford last season and many saw it as one of the main reasons behind his discontent at the club but Rooney has denied there is anything wrong with their relationship.

At United, the pair have a fantastic goalscoring record when they start alongside each other and it is something that we should expect to see more this season with Moyes clearly keen on playing both players up top.

“I’ve seen things said over the summer, but me and Robin are friends off the pitch,” he said.

“There’s no problem between me and Robin at all. We’re great friends and we want to help each other and be successful.

“I think the manager has made it clear that he wants one up and one behind, and whatever way round that is it doesn’t matter to me.

“It doesn’t matter as long as one is always filling in behind and helping out the midfield.

“We’ve done the work together and the times we played together last season we did well, so hopefully we can play more together this season and do well.”

Rooney questioned United’s ambition in 2010 and was upset with the club. Two years later, we bought the most prolific striker and Rooney was upset as he found himself forced out of the limelight by van Persie’s goalscoring exploits, but according to Rooney it hasn’t effected their relationship on or off the pitch.

He continued: “It’s different [to playing with Cristiano Ronaldo]. Ronaldo played out wide most games and I was on the other side, out wide. We were both playing off the front man.

“This is different with Robin. We dovetail well and try and help each other score goals.”

He also revealed to The Guardian he was happy to be working under David Moyes again and that he was looking forward to the derby this Sunday, a game he has a fantastic goalscoring record in.

All season, Rooney’s every performance and interview is going to come under scrutiny because of what happened this summer but if he can continue to play as well as he did against Leverkusen, he will appease the fans in the short term at the very least.

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