Having played his first game in a month at the weekend, Robin van Persie is looking forward to being reunited with Wayne Rooney tomorrow night when we take on Shakhtar Donetsk.

“What I enjoy most is the interaction together, that we both want to play together,” Van Persie said. “We both realise that we are better off playing together, because we are stronger when we are playing together, as a partnership. That’s the main thing in any partnership. You have to have a certain partnership when you’re playing with the number 9 and number 10, the main striker and the second striker. A left-back and a left winger need to have a partnership; the midfielders need to have a partnership; the two centre-backs, together with both full-backs, are the same. So you all have small partnerships in a big partnership, and I think it’s very important that you want to work together and you try to feed the ball in to each other, and make each other stronger. You are always stronger, in any sport, in life, when you are doing stuff together. So that makes me really happy.”




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