Rooney not planning regular midfield role

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has expressed doubts that he will be dropping into midfield on a regular basis anytime soon.

Rooney played a deeper role for his club as they closed in on the title with a routine 2-0 victory over struggling Stoke City yesterday.


With Sir Alex Ferguson opting for Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez up front for United, Rooney played alongside midfield in the heart of midfield. He looked comfortable in the position and prompted speculation that his dropping deeper could save Ferguson a headache by allowing him to give Hernandez and Danny Welbeck more first team action.

Rooney praised his teammates

It would certainly help to keep all the strikers happy. However, while Rooney praised Carrick, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic for making it so easy for him to fit into midfield he denied that he was planning to play their on a permanent basis.

When talkSPORT put the idea to him he said: “I don’t know. You’ll have to ask Sir Alex Ferguson that. It’s not for me to say.”

Sir Alex will be keen to give Hernandez more game time in order to keep the Mexican striker happy at the club. Recently there has been speculation that Real Madrid could make a move for him. However, he will be likely to stay at United if he is confident that he will be given plenty of first team opportunities.

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