David Moyes backs Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney for midfield role

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney’s future at Old Trafford is in midfield.

Rooney has been below par playing up top for the majority of the campaign but he was impressive in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea last time out.

Moyes, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United before being sacked less than a year later, insisted Rooney may be better suited to a midfield role in the future.

“Wayne can play in any position,” Moyes said.

“He was great in goals – as a 16 year old boy he would be diving about in front of the goals – he was mad at that time, but you look at the way he has matured, he is England captain, Manchester United captain. I think he’ll go on to be a midfield player, he’ll play again, but at the moment he’s still such a good goal scorer you don’t want to give that up just yet.”

While Rooney has the natural talent to play in midfield, his short range passing and temperament leaves a lot to be desired and there is a question mark over whether or not he could do it against the very best sides.

There have been calls for Rooney to be dropped from the side altogether this term and Louis van Gaal obliged in the recent defeat against Stoke City. However, to Rooney’s credit, he responded in the best possible way against Chelsea.

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