Evra defends under-fire United striker

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Manchester United defender Patrice Evra expects Wayne Rooney to find top form, and match the goalscoring feats of man-of-the-moment Robin Van Persie.

The England international missed almost a month with a gashed leg, but returned to the Manchester United lineup to lay on two goals for new signing Van Persie during their 2-1 victory over Cluj in the Champions League.

The Dutchman has started his United career in blistering form, bagging five in six Premier League games while Rooney is yet to score.

But Evra, who has come in for criticism himself in recent weeks as United's back four has leaked goals, has leapt to the defence of Rooney.

"People criticise really easily," Evra was quoted on "They were talking about Robin so much I thought we've just got one striker.

"Robin's an amazing player and that's good but people mustn't forget what Wayne Rooeny has done for this club.

"He's a big, massive player and looked really sharp last night.

"When someone new comes, everyone is excited and forgets the old things. But Wazza will show it to everyone."

Rooney, Van Persie and Javier Hernandez all started in this week's Champions League match, giving Ferguson to first opportunity to see Van Persie and Rooney link up from the start.

And the early signs looked good for United. Rooney put two goals on a plate for the former-Arsenal captain, and Van Persie didn't disappoint, clinically finishing past the Cluj keeper and turning around an early 1-0 deficit.

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