Van Persie: Rooney is why I joined Man Utd

Robin van Persie has revealed he joined Manchester United because of Wayne Rooney and defended the England striker’s World Cup performances, ESPN has reported.

Whereas van Persie has scored three times as the Netherlands eased out of Group B, Rooney netted for the Three Lions against Uruguay, and Roy Hodgson’s side have now exited the tournament early. But van Persie said his club colleague has been harshly judged by parts of the Press.

“The elimination is not his fault alone,” van Persie told German publication Kicker. “He was under special pressure in Brazil. And the way he has been criticised is not that fair.

“He has given it his all for his country and he is a great player. Incidentally, Wayne Rooney was the reason I joined Manchester United,” van Persie revealed.

The Dutch meet Chile in the final round of Group B fixtures on Monday, with the winners topping the group. A draw would also see the Oranje clinch first place and likely avoid a meeting with hosts Brazil in the next round.

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