Champions League

Robin van Persie praised after goals saw Manchester United beat CFR Cluj

Deadly duo: Robin van Persie twice netted from Wayne Rooney assists for United

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Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Robin van Persie's 'fantastic' goal which saw Manchester United beat CFR Cluj in Romania.

The Dutch ace netted a delicate left-footed finish to Wayne Rooney's pass four minutes after half-time to win the UEFA Champions League encounter 2-1.

The goal came after Van Persie had earlier equalised Pantelis Kapetanos' opener following another assist by Rooney.

Ferguson said: "The second goal was fantastic. It was a great ball from Wayne.

"I thought he had hit it too far in front of him. But the speed to get to the ball and his deftness of touch were fantastic."

Rooney and Van Persie were named in a United starting line-up for the first time since the Dutch striker's switch from Arsenal in the summer.

"The best quality both of them have is that they can turn a game," said Ferguson.

"We have a pair of really top players who can finish and change a game."

Sir Alex Ferguson on Rooney and RVP partnership

"That is an important feature. It doesn't really matter if they have a personal combination, it is their ability to finish moves off, whether it is through (Tom) Cleverley, Nani or (Antonio) Valencia.

"We have a pair of really top players who can finish and change a game."

Rather than use the duo in an orthodox partnership, Ferguson slotted Rooney into the position just ahead of midfield, which he seemed to relish.

And the United boss is certainly not playing to anyone's tune for when Rooney and Van Persie will eventually be used in tandem.

"There is always going to be an issue because everyone expects it to be a miracle combination," he said.

"The strength of our team now is definitely in the forward positions.

"We have good alternatives, with Wayne, Shinji (Kagawa), Van Persie, (Danny) Welbeck and (Javier) Hernandez."

The additional piece of good news was that Jonny Evans, who was replaced by Scott Wootton in the latter stages, is likely to be available for Sunday's trip to Newcastle.

"It is a dead leg," said Ferguson.

"He got injured on Saturday and had a recurrence of that. He has five days to recover for Sunday. Hopefully he will be OK."

Which British side produced the best Champions League display on Tuesday?

  • Celtic
  • Chelsea
  • Man Utd