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Solskjaer: Rooney can be Man Utd’s new Scholes

by Sam Peoples

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Wayne Rooney is the player who can fill the gap left behind by Paul Scholes at Manchester United.

From a slightly deeper role against Liverpool, Rooney pulled the strings and as well as scoring United’s opening goal, he was involved everywhere for the side on the day.

It’s not the first time that there have been Scholes comparisons for Rooney and Solskjaer is confident he can slot into that role to great effect.

“I think we found a new position for Wayne Rooney, every day he looks more and more like Paul Scholes,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“The difference today was on 20 minutes when Mata and Rooney adjusted their positions slightly with Mata in behind (Steven) Gerrard and (Joe) Allen and Rooney dropping off, getting on the ball.

“United needed someone to get on the ball and that’s what Rooney did.”

Van Gaal feels Rooney is capable of playing everywhere and is likely to put him back into the attack for United’s trip to Aston Villa on Saturday but it is certainly a testament to Rooney’s versatility that he can have such a profound impact from multiple positions.

In the goodness of time, Rooney may well decide to drop deeper on a permanent basis as suggested by Solskjaer but for the time being, he’ll want to stay up front where he is more likely to score goals.

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