Dutch star: Not many players can pass like Rooney

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Robin van Persie has hailed extolled the virtues of teammate Wayne Rooney following Manchester United's defeat of CFR Cluj in the Champions League.

United had fallen behind against the Romanian side in their Group H encounter, but fought back to claim a 2-1 victory, with Van Persie netting both goals for the visitors.

The goals represented Van Persie's sixth and seventh since his £24 million summer move from Manchester United to Arsenal, and both came via assists from Rooney.

Van Persie was quick to praise his new strike partner after they started together for the first time, and hopes Tuesday's victory can be the beginnings of a fruitful relationship.

"Everything starts with a good pass, so I have to thank Wayne for that. Not many players can make a pass like that," Van Persie told reporters after the match.

"When it came to him I knew he could see that pass and give it the way I wanted it.

"I think it is the first time we have started together, we were both really pleased with that. We did it together."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was also enthused by the combination of Van Persie and Rooney, even if the overall performance of his side was far from impressive.

"We have a pair of really top players who can finish and change a game. The second goal was fantastic. It was a great ball from Wayne," he said.

"I thought he had hit it too far in front of Robin. But the speed to get to the ball and his deftness of touch were fantastic."

Van Persie and Rooney could start together once again when United meet Newcastle at the weekend, although Ferguson will be more concerned by his side's weakness at the back.

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