Wayne Rooney insists there is 'no problem' between him and Robin van Persie - and says they are great friends.

Van Persie arrived from Arsenal last summer and fired the Red Devils the title with 26 Premier League strikes, taking Rooney's mantle as the club's main man in attack in the process.

Conversely, Rooney has had a tumultuous time since the arrival of the Dutchman and reportedly handed in a transfer request at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

The 27-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer - and the speculation only increased when new United boss David Moyes said he would be used as cover for Van Persie.

"Overall, my thought on Wayne is, if for any reasons we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him," the Scot said back in July.

However despite the potential for a rift, the pair have linked up will in recent matches, and Rooney says there is no issue between them.

“I have seen things said over the summer, but Robin and me are friends off the pitch,” Rooney is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.

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

“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 as long as one is always filling in behind and helping out the midfield.”

Rooney returned with a bang in Manchester United's Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, scoring twice to become only the fourth player to reach 200 goals for the reigning Premier League champions.

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