Carlos Tevez admits he loves playing alongside Wayne Rooney in Manchester United's attack.

At first there were question marks over whether the strikers could link well.

The statistics prove they can, the pairing having scored 12 goals from nine starts together. Tevez, 23, said: "The main factor is that we both have a great desire to play together.

"I love playing alongside Wayne and he loves it too, which is essential if the partnership is to succeed.

"I think that is reflected in the way we play together on the field. We both enjoy it very much and you can see that.

"So far I think we are doing well. We understand each other very well on and off the pitch. That's important in a successful partnership and, hopefully, we can continue to play well together over the rest of the season and beyond."