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Byline: DAVID McDONNELL d.mcdonnell@trinitymirror.com

WAYNE ROONEY will prove he is not Manchester United's forgotten man, according to his team-mate Patrice Evra.

Rooney has taken second billing to United's new PS24million striker Robin van Persie, who has scored seven goals in his first eight games.

A badly-gashed thigh kept Rooney out of action for a month, but he showed he is getting back to his best by creating both Van Persie's goals in United's 2-1 Champions League win at Cluj.

And Evra said Rooney's enduring value to United should not be forgotten, despite the start Van Persie has made at Old Trafford.

"A lot of people are talking about Robin and how unbelievable he has been since he came to the club," said Evra.

"Wazza is a good player. He will show that to everyone. When someone new comes, everyone is excited and forgets the old things. But Wazza is working very hard and showing that he loves the club.

"Like everyone at the club you have to fight to play every game. So I'm happy for Manchester United, Wayne and Robin.

"People criticise really easily. I know they were only talking about Robin and I thought 'we've just got one striker'.

"But we've got a lot of strikers. Robin's an amazing player and that's good, but everyone will want to show they can play with him or replace him. But the star is the team, not one player."

After being dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson following his laboured display in United's opening game of the season, a 1-0 defeat at Everton, Rooney was sidelined by his gashed thigh.

But the England striker put his enforced time off to good use in the gym, getting himself in peak condition so he could reclaim his place when his wound had healed. …