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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie believes that his partnership with Wayne Rooney will improve as the season progresses.

The pair have notched up 15 Premier League goals between them this season, providing David Moyes with some positives during a difficult time for the new United manager.

While these goals have not necessarily come when both players have been on the pitch, Van Persie is of the opinion that the duo can form a formidable partnership.

Speaking to MUTV the Dutchman explained why he believes Rooney and him work well together.

"It's the interaction together, it's that we both want to play together," said the 30-year-old.

"We realise that we are better off playing together because we are stronger as a partnership.

"With a player of Wayne's calibre we can go from strength to strength and become even better than we are now.

"Lately we've been playing really well together, we've been setting up goals for each other, we are both scoring, which is what I want.

"It is important that this partnership is growing and becoming even stronger,” Van Persie added.

United suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in 11 years last week and currently sit ninth in the table, 13 points behind leaders Arsenal.

If they are to move up the league the form of both Rooney and Van Persie will be pivotal, just as it was when United lifted the title last season.

The ex-Arsenal striker claims that the strength of both player’s all-round games is what makes them such a dangerous partnership.

Rather than setting up with the traditional No9 supported by a playmaking No10, Van Persie seems him and Rooney in a different light.

"We are both 'nine-and-a-halves'.

"We can play high up front, we can drop, it is an extra quality we both have which is quite rare.

"If you look around you have loads of main strikers, target men, 'foxes in the boxes', and you have 'number 10s' who are dropping in more and it's very obvious.

"With us it's not obvious, we can both do that job. Wayne is doing it a bit more because he's playing behind me but we can both do it so we can change the game if it's needed."

United host Shakhtar Donestk in the Champions League on Tuesday and with qualification already secured, Moyes is expected to make changes ahead of Sunday’s league encounter with Aston Villa.

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