Robin van Persie hails Rooney strike partnership

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie believes his partnership with Wayne Rooney is proof that ‘good players can always play together’.

The duo have scored six goals apiece so far this season, with their latest strikes coming in Manchester United's crucial Premier League win against Stoke City.

Van Persie levelled the scoring in the 43rd minute after Peter Crouch’s early opener - before Stoke midfielder Marko Arnautovic put his side back in front just before the interval.

However David Moyes’ side staged a late comeback thanks to a superb Rooney header and a late winner by Manchester United super-sub Javier Hernandez.

Former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson was often reluctant to start both Rooney and Van Persie in attack, but the Dutchman believes their recent form has shown they are capable of forming an effective partnership.

Van Persie, speaking after United’s 3-2 win, said on playing alongside Rooney: "Wayne's a great player. In my opinion good players can always play together and I think we showed that against Stoke.

"We showed it last season, we showed it earlier this season and hopefully we can keep showing that because we do want to play together.

"But don't forget Chicharito because he's a great player. He's a real role model to all footballers. He works so hard, I'm a really big fan of his. We will need all of our strikers."

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