Persie can hurt United: Rooney

Persie's goal-scoring form can hurt United: Rooney warns teammates

Wayne Rooney admits Manchester United must stop in-form Arsenal striker Robin van Persie if the champions are to keep their title defence on track with a victory at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Robin van Persie. Pic/Getty Images

Alex Ferguson's side romped to a remarkable 8-2 win over Arsenal back in August, but Rooney knows the Gunners are much-improved since that humiliation and the United striker believes van Persie has been the key to their revival.

Wayne Rooney

Van Persie has scored 20 times since the Old Trafford demolition. If Arsenal avenge their Manchester mauling and dent United's bid to move level on points with leaders Manchester City, who play Tottenham on Sunday, it is likely van Persie will have given another masterclass.

"Van Persie has scored a lot of goals and is playing really well," Rooney said. "He will be the biggest threat for Arsenal on Sunday," said Rooney

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