The Dutchman is convinced the England international "will come good again" and believes the wantaway striker, who is pining for a move to Chelsea, is a valued asset at Old Trafford
Goal exclusively revealed on Thursday that the England international, who continues to push for a move to Chelsea, has been ordered to train with United's reserves by David Moyes.
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Van Persie believes Rooney "will come good again" and revealed one of his reasons for leaving Arsenal in August 2012 was to play alongside the England international.
"Everyone wants Wayne to stay and deep down I think he feels the same," Van Persie told The Sun.
"One of the reasons I joined Manchester United was to play with Wayne.
"I hope he stays. Not only is he a great goalscorer, he does so much work across the pitch.
"He hates to lose and that's why you see him one minute pressing for goal, the next minute defending ferociously. He is an asset to any team.
"He will come good again. He is a strong lad."