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Van Gaal: Wayne Rooney can play anywhere

by Richard Laverty

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney played in midfield to add speed alongside Marouane Fellaini against Liverpool.

Taking Rooney’s pace away from the attack meant James Wilson was preferred to Radamel Falcao up front but neither decision turned out to be a negative given United won 3-0 with Rooney grabbing the opener.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer commented at half-time how Rooney arrived on the edge of the box from his midfield position as Paul Scholes would have run and scored a lovely placed shot to put his team into the lead.

But when asked by journalists in his post-match press conference if he saw Rooney as a central midfielder, van Gaal was defiant in saying it depended on the opponent.

“No I have explained that,” said van Gaal.

“It is about the analysis of the opponent. We analyse their weaknesses and then we line-up because of that.

“I thought today Rooney would be more a midfielder because I needed more speed in the middle and with Wilson up front.”

The convincing victory and six wins in a row did give van Gaal time to have a little joke with the assembled press as he claimed Rooney could probably play everywhere, except in David De Gea‘s place.

“Maybe next time Rooney is a striker, but not a goalkeeper I think.”

That next time could come on Saturday when United visit Aston Villa looking to make it their seventh win in a row going into Christmas.

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