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Wayne Rooney battles to avoid joining Robin van Persie as a United relic | Jamie Jackson

They used to be the main men at Manchester United but time is catching up as Fenerbahce’s Europa League visit to Old Trafford showed

The presence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie revived memories of when Manchester United were last a force. Those halcyon days occurred three long years ago when a record 20th championship was claimed at Old Trafford on an April night. Van Persie’s hat-trick sank Aston Villa and Sir Alex Ferguson lauded the Dutchman’s second strike as the “goal of the century”.

It was a sweet over-the-shoulder volley that Van Persie hit on 13 minutes to give Brad Guzan no chance. The provider? Rooney, whose placing in midfield during that season began the quandary over his best position that is a key factor in the loss of his automatic starting status.

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