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09/12/2013 14:40, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Van Persie eyes Rooney reunion

Robin van Persie could be reunited with Wayne Rooney up front for the Reds for the first time in a month when Manchester United take on Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on Tuesday, and the Dutch striker is relishing that prospect.

David Moyes' men have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, but victory in Group A's final encounter would guarantee top spot and a potential advantage when the knockout phase ties are decided in the draw on 16 December.

Van Persie returned from injury against Newcastle on Saturday, playing his first game since the 1-0 league win over Arsenal on 10 November, while Rooney missed the match through suspension. Having both players available is a huge boost for Moyes, and it's a partnership van Persie is excited to resume.

"What I enjoy most is the interaction together, that we both want to play together," Robin said in an interview with UEFA.com. "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

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