Due to the absences of Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind, Rooney played in midfield against Liverpool, Aston Villa and Newcastle, scoring three goals and setting up another during those games and didn’t look at all out of place.
Comparisons to Paul Scholes were thrown around after an impressive Boxing Day performance against Newcastle but it isn’t a position Rooney is unfamiliar to.
The United captain played in midfield several times towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson‘s time in charge and it appeared Rooney wasn’t too happy about being relocated.
But Rooney believes he is disciplined enough to play that role and still score goals and he certainly showed his instinct to get into the box as Scholes did in his prime.
“It’s a role that I’ve played many times and I know I can play,” Rooney said of his new position.
“The manager has given me even more licence to get forward and get into the box from that role. As Paul [Scholes] did many times over his career, he could see the ball when it was wide and see the space and run into it – I did that today with my two goals. It’s nice to win, nice to score goals and I’m delighted with the performance.”
With Fellaini and Herrera still injured and Daley Blind having only just returned to training, Rooney can expect to play that position again vs Spurs on Sunday.