It is well documented that Wayne Rooney was frustrated at repeatedly being used in midfield by Sir Alex Ferguson during the Scot’s time at Old Trafford. He has spoken in the past about his preference to play as a striker and has even asked for a transfer in the final weeks of Ferguson’s time in charge.
David Moyes later reverted Rooney back to his preferred role during his ill-fated 10 months reign but under Louis Van Gaal, Wayne Rooney was again asked to play in that deeper role behind the two strikers and he has been simply awesome.
More importantly, he looked like he enjoyed himself and willingly took the responsibility given by his manager.
Has Wayne Rooney Finally Accepted The Role Of A Midfielder?
So, does that mean that Wayne Rooney has finally accepted the role of a midfielder for Manchester United? If yes, then that is great news for fans.
The club has been sorely missed a goal scoring box to box midfielder since Paul Scholes retired and many felt that Rooney is the closest thing to the former England’s midfielder. In fact, one of the reason Sir Alex played Rooney in that area is because he felt Rooney had all the attributes needed to be an effective midfielder.
Louis Van Gaal seem to agree with Sir Alex.
The Dutchman told the media after Newcastle match:
“He scores two goals and gets an assist. What more can you demand as a manager?….He has the lung capacity to run 90 minutes as a midfielder”
Manchester United certainly isn’t short on the attacking side. Even if Rooney were slotted permanently to the midfield role, Van Gaal still have Robin Van Persie and Radamael Falcao to select as the front two.
Highly rated youngster, James Wilson is also waiting in the wing should he be required.
Rooney-Carrick-Mata combination looks full of potential and could be the key for Van Gaal to stay in the hunt for the top three, especially with record signing, Angel Di Maria keep reporting to the treatment table.
With Van Persie finally found his scoring touch again and Falcao close to his full fitness, we may see Wayne Rooney spend most of the remaining season as a CM. He may end up being a great CM too – a captain marvel like Keane and Robson before him.