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Rooney: RvP Is Our Talisman

Wayne Rooney has today sung the praises of his new team mate, Robin van Persie, claiming that he has had a great impact on the whole team.

“Of course everyone knows he is a fantastic player and he has a calmness about him – I think he’s great for the whole team,” he said. “He’s a talisman and if you can get players around him and feeding off him it’s great for all of us; myself, Chicharito and all the midfield players as well. Last season at Arsenal was his best season in the Premier League goal-scoring wise, and he has changed his game to play on the shoulder more, to get into better goalscoring positions. Obviously he’s a great finisher but I think he’s a lot stronger and can hold the ball up better than you would think. He’s a fantastic player and he’s great around the squad as well.”

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  1. Shmoo says:

    I second that opinion wayne..:)

  2. Quiza says:

    Oh shmoo, u beat me to it.

  3. The Left Bank says:

    Gracious of Rooney to recognise RvP’s class. I think it’s not that RvP’s a technically gifted player or that he’s a strong lad but also he’s a down to earth bloke. You can see it in his body language and in his interviews where modesty and emphasis on the team ethic are prevalent.

    In many ways he reminds me of Solskjaer in his football intelligence and his willingness of observe and learn. I would say the same of Chicarito.

    Is there something about all our foreign players – past and present – who have these similar traits? I think so.

  4. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    The sign of a top player is one that doesn’t just go about his own business but
    imspires those around him and he has been doing just that.

    A bit off topic and at a risk of a club v country row – I don’t think Hodgson should have picked
    Wiltshire. The lad is back a couple of weeks after a year out and against Wengers’ wishes he’s
    been selected although I think it’s just to piss him off. If it was a United player I’d be well annoyed
    if a key player just back from a long lay-off was dragged away to play a meaningless friendly before he’s
    even fully fit.

  5. Marq says:

    Wlishere is banned for the next game anyway

  6. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    Good point Marq – Forgot about that but still stupid to call him up.
    RvP’s holland are playing Germany so no chnace of an easy match for him.
    May he return unscathed.

  7. Giles Oakley says:

    It’s great to see Wayne Roney so enthusiastic about his new team mate, no hint of jealousy or fear that his own status as Manchester Unite’s best player mght be at risk, just real pleasure at playing with such a top player. I love watching Robin van Persie, not just for the goals – which include a very high proportion of aesthetically pleasing volleys – but because he is always on the move, looking for space and making himself available for a pass in and around the box. Whatever he does is done with energy and commitment to the team and he looks like kid he’s so happy.

    There’s just one negative I can see in his game, he’s sometimes reckless in the tackle, especialy when he’s fired up, leading to needless yellow cards, which will one day end up being red. Same with his leading arm when leaping for a header – he’s flirted with dismissal more than once for apparent elbowing . He’s a very hard player, which is great, but he must avoid fueds on the pitch, which don’t only risk him getting sent off, but aso give motivation to opponents.

    Apart from that, he’s been fabulous for United, the most exciting acquisition in years.

  8. parryheid says:

    Thanks a bunch,we can now look forward to him being injured as teams target our talisman.

  9. MUFCJord says:

    Very gracious from Wazza. RvP is just different class isn’t he? His all-round game is absolutely superb.

  10. Proverb says:

    The OP above robbed words off my mouth
    This aren’t even fair ;)
    Just gonna second him

  11. samriley9 says:

    I wish we got him years ago. And im sure he wishes the same!

  12. Unitedforeva says:

    I give the credit to Sir Alex for being able to spot a very good player with a such a character that he is able to gel into the team so effortlessly. Of course it’s RVP ‘football intelligence’ that makes it seems so easy. Can’t wait for the weekend.

  13. FletchTHEMAN says:

    With Wayne seeming to enjoy a deeper role, it is fantastic that he gets on well with Robbin and the other forwards. As his assists this season are adding up, one can see that Rooney loves being the creator and this could be a key to the season.

    At the presser today, Sir Alex noted that we only lost the league on goal difference last year. He was committed to making sure that wouldn’t happen again. Bringing in Robin seems like a greats start for sure.
    Interestingly, Sir Alex also pipped Javier and Rooney to each bag 20 goals. Rooney is having a slow start to get to 20, but can happen. Especially if he starts banging in the Pens.

    Come On you Reds. Lets do Villa and close out 7 games in 21 days in style!

    What a month! Well in that Sir Alex won EPL Manager of the Month winning all 3 EPL matches in October.

  14. FletchTHEMAN says:

    United League Record after 10:

    Played 10 LWWWWLWWWW 24 points
    Scored 26: 15 Home goals + 11 Away goals.
    Goal Differential +12

    Tops in Points, Tops in Goal Differential.

    Not a bad view at all lads!

  15. Proverb says:

    Great stats mate
    Not too shabby in ones eyes even though there are matches we wish to forget immediately, if you look back at the spurs game for instance, you go ‘damn’ we should have done more than that. they caught us asleep and hit us hard with sticks and stones right on the head, when we woke up it was already too late.
    but it was a great wake-up call, since then we haven’t looked back
    It sometimes feels like we can go all the ways… Hopefully we do

    Happy days!!!

  16. Marq says:

    After we gift wrapped the title to City last season, nothing should be taken for granted. Full steam all the way!

  17. Ash says:

    This combination is looking great. The thing that worries me the most What if RvP gets injured. I feel we should not be over dependent on any one individual. I know there is Rooney to cover for Rvp but still others should also stand up and take responsibilities. A fully fit RvP will leaD us to many trophies in years to come. He still has 4-5 top class seasons with us if he stays fit.

  18. wayne says:

    RVP is good for Rooney,for the last few years with Rooney being Utd’s and England’s main man every game has been scrutinized,now with the spotlight off there’s less pressure and he can relaxing sure he’s enjoying his football much more and by saying RVP is Utd’s new talisman more or less confirms that

  19. Chicho the Lesbo says:

    I loved Berba, but RVP’s enthusiam and hustle has made a huge difference. He really shows how slow and disinterested Berba really was.

  20. wayne says:

    The only Lesbo around here is you,let Berba RIP you fucking twat

  21. belfast red. says:

    I know its prob a red tinted pair of shades im looking through, but wen i look around europe i wouldnt have any other strike force than the 1 weve got.

  22. Chicho the Lesbo says:


    WTF was that all about? I simply pointed out the difference RVP has made. What about the point I made wasn’t true?

  23. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Another good read.

    Interview with Rio about the season so far. Seems chuffed with our position, but pragmatic as well.
    As always in the prem, you don’t know where you are until after the holiday fixtures.

  24. Diego says:

    Am I the only one who can see the patter in the Formguide FletchTHEman posted?
    Oh dear, we are going to lose to Aston Villa aren’t we?

  25. Chicho the Lesbo says:

    I’m going to assume that the next L stands for “Lost” control and scored 8 goals.

  26. mansuy united says:

    Just want to point out that being A talisman and being THE talisman are different. Title misleading a bit.


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