Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/5/12
Robin van Persie claims his partnership with Wayne Rooney is blossoming due to them adopting a brand new position - the 'nine and a half'. The Dutchman says the pair interchange between the more forward position, traditionally the number nine spot, and the creative number 10 position linking with midfield. Van Persie has scored 10 goals for Manchester United since his summer move from Arsenal - helped significant by his forming an immediate understanding with Rooney. Van Persie told the club's official website: "I call it a nine and a half because you have two positions, the nine and the 10, and we are both nine and a half. "We are just helping each other out. We both play behind and a bit higher up. It seems to be working well and I am very happy with Wayne - hopefully we can keep it going." United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said the flexibility to the partnership was key but that the pair had yet to hit the highest level together, even if there were flashes in the 2-1 win over th...
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