Champions League Update : ManUnited 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney celebrate

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Champions League Update : Manchester United 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

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Robin Van Persie taked about his retationship with Wayne Rooney on the pitck ahead of the match.

"What I enjoy most is the interaction together, that we both want to play together.

"We both realize 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 nine 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.

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

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

"One game he will score a couple, the next game I will score a couple.

"Hopefully we get more goals from the wingers as well, which is important, and the midfielders.

"But it is important that this partnership is growing and becoming even stronger."


Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner, Jones, Giggs, Young, Kagawa, Januzaj, Rooney. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Hernandez, Nani, van Persie, Cleverley, Valencia.

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Fred, Stepanenko, Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira, Taison, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Hubschman, Bernard, Eduardo, Fernando, Ferreyra, Kryvtsov.

Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia)