Van Persie completed only one pass to Rooney, while the England international found his partner three times — one fewer than in the disastrous 2-0 defeat against Olympiacos.
Van Persie's tally of 25 passes in the game, as opposed to Rooney’s 67, indicated he is struggling to influence games.
Indeed, Rooney appeared far more comfortable when Danny Welbeck came on in Van Persie’s place in the 63rd minute:
In 63 minutes together
Rooney to Van Persie - 3
Van Persie to Rooney - 1
But in 27 minutes together
Rooney to Welbeck - 4
Welbeck to Rooney 3
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