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Gary Pallister: Wayne Rooney adds extra goal threat in midfield

by Tanveer Arayan


Gary Pallister believes that Wayne Rooney’s inclusion in midfield adds an extra goalscoring threat for Manchester United.

Rooney has found a new lease of life in a midfield role in recent months and he is likely to line up there in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

Pallister, who enjoyed a successful career at Man United during his playing days, backed Rooney to be the difference in the Cup final at Wembley.

“I think he’s played well there (in midfield). We know he’s got an eye for goal, I don’t think he’s ever going to lose that,” Pallister said.

“We’ve maybe not got a lot of midfielders with that eye for goal so for him to be in the middle of the park I think (in the search for goals) that’s going to add to it.”

Rooney was particularly impressive in midfield in the 3-1 victory over Bournemouth last time out.

The United captain pulled the strings in the middle of the park, regularly finding his teammates with an impressive range of passing. His assist for Ashley Young’s late goal was superb. And he even did the dirty work, winning the ball back in defence.

It bodes well for the clash against Palace at Wembley. Marouane Fellaini is back available for selection but Rooney should line up in midfield and there is an argument that he will be central to United’s hopes of silverware.

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