Wednesday 28 September 2016

Rooney's midfield move could fill Carrick void

James Ducker

Published 19/05/2016 | 02:30

Rooney was deservedly handed the man-of-the-match award for his display in Tuesday’s 3-1 win against Bournemouth. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters
Rooney was deservedly handed the man-of-the-match award for his display in Tuesday’s 3-1 win against Bournemouth. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters

Wayne Rooney's days as a striker at Manchester United appear to be over should Louis van Gaal remain as manager.

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Asked if midfield was now Rooney's position, Van Gaal said: "Yes, I think so because he loves to play there and he shows in the matches that he can decide the game. That is very important, so I expect that is what he shall do in the future."

Rooney was deservedly handed the man-of-the-match award for his display in Tuesday's 3-1 win against Bournemouth and is keen to keep that role moving forwards, especially after England's top-scorer features at Euro 2016.

"I think sometimes you have to make choices in your career and at the minute it is probably better for me to play deeper," he said.

"Now obviously that's a bit different now with England because I could still be the striker, but certainly after that, I am sure for next season, that is probably where I see myself playing.

"I think of course you're involved in the game," he added. "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 tonight."

Rooney's conversion comes as Michael Carrick fears he is to leave. He has yet to be offered a new deal and a number of clubs are lining up to offer him the chance of joining them as a free agent.

Carrick, 34, was accompanied by his children as he led United on to the pitch for Tuesday's 3-1 win against Bournemouth, which also happened with Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra before their final matches at the ground. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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