Robin van Persie is delighted to still have Wayne Rooney alongside him at Manchester United following a summer of uncertainty.

Rooney was said to have been pushing for a move away from Old Trafford during the recent transfer window - with Chelsea and Arsenal expressing an interest in securing his services.

United were however able to keep the England international on their books and have seen him open the 2013/14 campaign in fine form - taking his goal tally for the Red Devils onto 200.

Van Persie has also picked up where he left off last season - when he collected the Premier League Golden Boot - and the Dutchman sees his partnership with Rooney going from 'strength to strength'.

Ahead of a derby date with Manchester City on Sunday he said: "I think everyone can see that Wayne and I want to play together - that we are trying to give the ball to each other.

"For example the ball that just missed me in the second half against Bayer Leverkusen on - Tuesday night when it went past me came because he wanted to pass to me.

"He wasn't trying to score himself. And that works both ways. I really think if we can keep on growing keep on passing to each other we can both end up with a lot of goals this season.