Eddie Howe backs Wayne Rooney to be a success in midfield for Man United

by Ben Topliss

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes Wayne Rooney has the ability to make a success of himself in midfield at Manchester United.

The 30-year-old has been used in the middle of the park by Louis van Gaal in recent weeks due to the good form of Marcus Rashford up top.

Rooney has impressed in the position and Howe, who is preparing his Bournemouth side to take on Man United this weekend, insisted that he will have to make special plans for him.

“I don’t think it matters what position he plays, he is a very good footballer and you don’t score the number of goals he has without being a top player,” Howe said.

“Players like that don’t lose the habit of scoring goals. They find areas on the pitch where they can be a danger. Wherever he plays, he will be a goal threat and someone we need to deal with. I think it is a clever move and one that could prolong his career, definitely.”

Rooney’s powers have undoubtedly diminished in recent years but he has proven that he can perform to a high level in midfield when called upon.

A club of United’s resources should be aiming to play specialised, dynamic midfielders but it is good to know that Rooney will do a job and put the needs of the team above his own.

It remains to be seen if he will be used there next season but it doesn’t look like Rashford will be displaced in the team anytime soon. In the short-term, Rooney will be hoping to help United secure a win over Bournemouth as van Gaal’s side look to keep their slim hopes of a Champions League spot alive.

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