Updated: Monday, 10th August 2020 @ 12:42pm

Flying Dutchman saves Manchester United's blushes again as Sir Alex hails Robin van Persie's 'deft' finishing

Flying Dutchman saves Manchester United's blushes again as Sir Alex hails Robin van Persie's 'deft' finishing

By Dean Wilkins

Sir Alex Ferguson was left awestruck after Robin van Persie stroked in Manchester United’s winner in Romania with a ‘deft’ touch last night.

The Flying Dutchman did it again, scoring either side of the half to pull United back from conceding another early goal – Pantelis Kapetanos took the lead for CFR Cluj with his 14th-minute opener

But a looped shot bounced off the former Arsenal striker’s shoulder after Wayne Rooney curled in an inviting free kick – Rooney again linked up with the 29-year-old as Van Persie caressed in his second with a nimble left foot.

"The second goal was fantastic,” Ferguson said. “It was a great ball from Wayne. I thought he had hit it too far in front of him.

“But the speed to get to the ball and his deftness of touch were fantastic."

United notched a record-equalling 100th victory in the Champions League as Van Persie became the Premier Leagues top scorer of the season with seven goals.

And despite Rooney failing to find the back of the net so far this year – only just returning from a severe thigh gash – Fergie praised the quality the pair showed in linking up.

"The best quality both of them have is that they can turn a game," the Scot added. "That is an important feature.

“It doesn't really matter if they have a personal combination, it is their ability to finish moves off, whether it is through [Tom] Cleverley, Nani or [Antonio] Valencia.

“We have a pair of really top players who can finish and change a game."

As Rooney slotted in behind Van Persie and Javier Hernandez in an attacking midfielder role, the duo – who netted 75 goals between them last year – are yet to start alongside one another.

But Fergie claimed he has a tough choice to slot the £24million man into his strikeforce that is bursting with talent.

"There is always going to be an issue because everyone expects it to be a miracle combination," he said.

"The strength of our team now is definitely in the forward positions. We have good alternatives, with Wayne, Shinji [Kagawa], Van Persie, [Danny] Welbeck and [Javier] Hernandez."

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