Manchester United Captain Rooney Happy With The Midfield Role
Captain Rooney who had led the United attack for years is willing to give up his role as the main man in the front line and said that that he is willing to shift his position to the midfield permanently.
Rooney was awarded the man of the match in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth where the 30-year old took charge in the midfield. His clinical finishing abilities helped him to score the opener for the Red devils and later provide Ashley Young for the third goal. After his influential performance in the midfield, the United captain wants to hold on to the position in the coming future.
Rooney has struggled this season to keep up with his former reputation and has lost the energy and speed required to deliver up front. However towards the later part of the season, he has been consistent in a much deeper role in the midfield under United manager Louis van Gaal.
“Sometimes you have to make choices in your career and at the moment it’s better for me to play deeper,” said Rooney to the BBC after scoring the opener against Bournrmouth and later setting up another for Ashley young.
“It could be a bit different for England where I could still be the striker but probably next season that’s where I see myself playing.”
“I think of course you’re involved in the game. I feel like I can dictate games more from there and try and control the tempo in games, which I felt I did quite well against Bournemouth,” Rooney added.
Talking about his selection in the 26-member provisional England squad for Euro 2016, Rooney said: “I’m sure Roy Hodgson will have his ideas of where he thinks is best for me.”
“It could be where I play for England, but that’s down to Roy. I’m sure we’ll speak when we meet up and he’ll tell me where he wants me to play,” the Man Utd captain concluded.
After finishing fifth in the Premier League table and failing to qualify for the Champions League, Rooney’s prime focus now would be to help Manchester United lift the FA Cup title in the upcoming final clash against Crystal Palace.
“We knew that fourth place was gone for us,” he said.
“We had to make sure that we didn’t let that affect us because we’ve got a big game coming up on Saturday and we wanted to stay in good habits for that game,” the United captain concluded.