Wayne Rooney: Defensive midfield extraordinaire

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney has received plenty of criticism since moving into midfield under the guidance of Louis van Gaal and he stepped into another new role against Burnley on Wednesday night.

Rooney was employed in defensive midfield position following an injury to Daley Blind and he did well there, given the circumstances and having never played there before, to help Man United sealed a 3-1 win.

The Man United captain has had an indifferent year in the middle of the park and is yet to register a single Premier League shot on target in 2015 but credit must go to Rooney for leading United to an important three points, regardless of how dour the performance was on whole. Rooney could have taken plenty more risks with the ball but ultimately the three points were what mattered most.

United fans will still be clambering for Rooney to play in a more advanced role given the continued struggles of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.

Rooney is the third highest goal-scorer in United’s history and has proven time and time again he can score goals but van Gaal has remained stubborn in the face of criticism.

Prior to the Burnley clash the experienced Dutchman said he might move Rooney higher up the pitch but has now seemingly changed his mind after Rooney’s performance against the Clarets.

United have only lost once in 18 games so it looks like Rooney will stay in midfield as long as it gets results.

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