Alex Ferguson eyeing Van Persie-Rooney strike partnership

Updated: Jul 12, 2012, 08:44 AM IST

London: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is still hoping to sign Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie after the Dutch international refused to sign a contract extension with the club.

It is believed that Fergie would love to pair Van Persie with Wayne Rooney to form a formidable partnership, as he bids to take the title back to Old Trafford.

United’s rivals Manchester City are determined to step up their interest in last season’s double player of the year once they have finalized the six million pound sale of Emmanuel Adebayor to Spurs.

Van Persie, however, is believed to be concerned about boss Roberto Mancini’s policy of rotating his strikers and possibly being a sub.

United do not want to be sucked into a tapping-up row like City and are reluctant to pay 30 million pounds for the 29-year-old.