ROBIN VAN PERSIE is desperate to build and refine his partnership with Wayne Rooney to the point where no defence in the Premier League can touch them.
A knee injury has ruled Rooney out of Sunday's renewal of Manchester United's bitter rivalry with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
He hasn't played since Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Swansea before Christmas and is likely to be on the sidelines for another week.
But Van Persie is convinced that when Rooney is fully fit, they will terrorise defences in England and the Champions League.
Van Persie's form since he moved from Arsenal for what now looks like a trifling £24million has been remarkable.
Without his 20 goals, Alex Ferguson and Manchester United would be struggling to match rivals City at the top of the table, particularly given the fact that Rooney has been out of sorts.
The duo have started together in just over a third of the 30 games Manchester United have been involved in since the start of the season.
But Van Persie claims he reached an understanding with Rooney almost immediately after he arrived at Old Trafford.
"Early on we reached an understanding - probably quicker than most people thought we would," he said.
"As the season progresses I know we will get better and better and become a real force. The next few months should be fantastic.
"Wayne's one of the best strikers in the world and I think already we are enjoying an excellent relationship. I'd like to think we are both intelligent players and perhaps this shows in our partnership.
"It's still a relatively new partnership so I think we will get better as the season progresses.
"Technically he has everything. He can assist, score goals, find space, play good passes and so on.
"I especially like his love of playing the game. He is unselfish and is willing to make sacrifices. He also hates losing. Everyone admires and values a player like him."
United goalscoring king Denis Law agrees that Van Persie's strike partnership with Rooney will fire his old club to glory this season.
"If the two of them are playing together, that has to be a problem for any defence," Law said. "As we could see in the short time they have been together, they are scoring goals.
"When you have two players like that there is a fair chance you will win the league or the Champions League. They will definitely win something."
Some felt Ferguson took a gamble when he went for Van Persie.
As it turned out, the money was very well spent.
"He is a strong player who scores goals," said Law.
"That is what you need. It will show in time to come that he has been a terrific buy."