Van Persie, Rooney hit form before Sociedad clash

Sun Nov 3, 2013 9:24pm EST
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By Iain Rogers

MADRID (Reuters) - Manchester United's hopes of silverware this season will likely rest on the shoulders of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney and manager David Moyes believes the attacking pair are starting to move into top gear.

The Dutchman and the Englishman scored in Saturday's 3-1 victory at Fulham as the champions put a slow start to their domestic campaign behind them and gave themselves a lift before Tuesday's Champions League Group A clash at Real Sociedad.

It was the fourth time that they have netted in the same game under Moyes, who is in his first season in charge after taking over from decorated Scottish compatriot Alex Ferguson, and Van Persie now has six for the season in the Premier League, with Rooney on five.

"I thought there were real signs of great combination between them and they made the goals for each other," Moyes said at a news conference.

"There was good link-up play and I just started to see really good signs from the two of them," added the 50-year-old.

"It was great they both got on the scoresheet because that is what forwards do and I have always said you need these boys to get a hat-load of goals if you are to be successful.

"They are both incredibly talented and understand each other and the talents they both bring with them."

United captain Nemanja Vidic also praised the two forwards.   Continued...

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (C) collides with referee Lee Probert (L) as he is challenged by Fulham's Bryan Ruiz during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth