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We’re on Cloud 9… and a half: Manchester United’s Van Persie and Rooney are made for each other

By Dean Wilkins

With his goal tally already into double figures, Robin van Persie is putting his striking success down to a forging a fresh position for Manchester United’s attack.

The 29-year-old Dutchman grabbed the Reds first goal against his former club Arsenal during their 2-1 win on Saturday, and continued his promising working relationship with Wayne Rooney.

And despite Rooney’s missed penalty and less than a handful of goals this season, RVP insists that their newly created roles are creating an irresistible partnership.

“I call it a 9½ because you have two positions, the nine and the ten, and we are both 9½,” he told the club’s official website. “We are just helping each other out.

“We both play behind [the first striker] and a bit higher up. It seems to be working well and I am very happy with Wayne – hopefully we can keep it going.”

RVP’s sensational record of scoring is continuing into this season following his £24million move to Old Trafford over the summer.

And with the Premier League’s two top scorers from last season in his arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson is echoing his striker’s stance on his alliance with Rooney.

“I think Robin’s right,” the Scot said. “There’s flexibility there and the right type of movement. They also both have the courage to play in these positions. Robin’s not far away in that respect.

“They’re both mobile players and good footballers with a great desire to play and win. I don’t think you saw the best of them as a partnership against Arsenal.”

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