Fergie: Rooney and RVP will work

  • Last Updated: September 2 2012, 10:57 BST

Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie can play together and has shrugged off speculation surrounding the former's future.

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are backed to impress.

Van Persie, a £24million summer signing from Arsenal, made his Manchester United debut in an away date at Everton alongside Rooney.

The Dutchman was, however, deployed as a lone frontman in the Red Devils' last Premier League outing against Fulham.

Rooney's absence from the starting XI in a contest which ended with him picking up a leg injury sparked speculation that he could be deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

Ferguson, though, has sought to play down such talk and has revealed that he plans to pair his two most potent attacking weapons together when the time is right.

On the Rooney rumours, he said: "It doesn't bother me, to be honest with you. I am not in the slightest bit interested in it. It doesn't affect me one bit. It could affect him.

"Players like to be playing every week and that's the horrible part of the game. When you are not playing on a Saturday a player is disappointed. And I'm glad they're disappointed. I was the same when I played.

"I always looked forward to a Saturday. It's different today with different days but then Saturday was always your day. You were brought up that way.

"Will that fire up Wayne even more? It's not a problem. It's only one game."

On the striking combinations available to him, Ferguson added: "Van Persie is flexible because you can play him in different positions. You can play him from the right side, from behind the strikers.

"Wayne can play in behind and he can play up, too.

"Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) is the only one who is a one-position player and that's through the middle. But yes, I can see Van Persie and Wayne playing together. Absolutely.

"There's no doubt about that. And (Danny) Welbeck can play with him. No question about that either. I have got good options and that's where it's going to be difficult.

"It's not easy picking the team. And they know that. I have got a difficult job but the important thing is the end result. If the end is right then we're all satisfied that they have all contributed."