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23/02/2014 09:30, Report by Adam Marshall

Rooney's fab four hopes

Wayne Rooney is hoping Manchester United's exciting attacking quartet can keep improving in the coming weeks.

Adnan Januzaj's inclusion in Saturday's 2-0 triumph at Crystal Palace ensured he, Rooney, Robin van Persie and record buy Juan Mata started a match together for the first time. The line-up had fans salivating at the prospect of seeing the new 'fab four' in action and there were encouraging signs at Selhurst Park.

"We've been working hard in training on doing that [having a good understanding]," Rooney told MUTV. "Making sure we keep the ball better around their penalty box and then trying to create chances. I thought we did it quite well. It can better but I thought we did well and I’m really pleased."

Rooney's outstanding strike was a first of 2014 for the fit-again striker and ensures he heads into Tuesday's Champions League tie at Olympiacos in confident mood.

"Sometimes they can be difficult coming across your body," he explained. "Thankfully, I got a nice connection on it. It went in so obviously I’m delighted. 

"Tuesday is a massive game for us. We want to be going into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. It’ll be tough but we’ll get the Palace match out of our system, prepare well and we’ll be ready."

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