Rooney can take pressure off van Persie

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When Manchester United claimed an unprecedented 20th league title last May, many attributed the success solely to Robin van Persie.

And in some ways, those that did were right to do so.

van Persie was the focal point of the side and whenever he was absent, United often looked devoid of ideas and were often painfully below-par.

That brought serious pressure on the Dutchman's shoulders; but that can be lifted this season if Wayne Rooney continues to perform as he is at the moment.

He is demonstrating a hunger and desire that seems to have come about as a result of the change in the managerial hot-seat at Old Trafford. Rooney is in some ways born again.

Whilst others may have fallen in the face of a new era at the club, Rooney has thrived on it, using it as a fresh start in his illustrious United career. 

Negativity has surfaced though, with members of the media raising question marks about his relationship with van Persie, but if the duo's recent displays are anything to go by, those question marks are nothing but vicious rumours.

He has heard it all before.

Yet it is hard to fathom why these question marks arise; on the pitch, he and van Persie are constantly on the same wavelength. Their movement, deception and sheer natural ability as a partnership must strike fear amongst any side on the continent.

If Rooney can continue this rich vein of form, not only can he be the driving force behind the assault on a 21st league crown, but he will also take the pressure off his attacking counterpart, which could provide United with the most formidable of platforms.

Every striker suffers from the weight of the pressure. Last season, van Persie himself fell victim to this, failing to score in 10 straight domestic matches towards the end of the campaign.

The coincidence here is this is also where Rooney fell out of favour. Not only do United need the England striker, but it seems van Persie does as well.

If they both carry on at this rate, who knows the level of success that the Red Devils can achieve this season.

And one thing's for sure, they won't have done it by being a one-man team.

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