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Rooney unfazed by wing role


Wayne Rooney. Photo: Getty Images

Wayne Rooney. Photo: Getty Images

Wayne Rooney. Photo: Getty Images

Wayne Rooney insists he has no problem being shunted onto the left wing for Manchester United's drab Champions League draw with Marseille.

Like most of his team-mates, Rooney did not get a decent sight of the home goal at the Stade Velodrome and never looked like adding to his single European strike this season, which came against Rangers at Ibrox in November.

However, many critics feel United would have stood more of a chance if Rooney had been deployed in a more orthodox central role, which only happened following the introduction of Paul Scholes 18 minutes from time.

Playing on the left is not something the 25-year-old is entirely unused to.

He did it on a regular basis during the latter months of Cristiano Ronaldo's time at United, when Sir Alex Ferguson opted to use the former world player of the year as a central striker.

And whilst Rooney would prefer to play down the middle, given Ferguson had to juggle a team struck by injuries to seven senior players, he has no complaints.

"We've got a lot of injuries at the minute, so I don't have a problem [playing on the wing]," Rooney told www.uefa.com.

"It was quite a difficult game for us. Marseille didn't cause us many problems but we didn't create as many chances as we'd have liked either.

"We had a few big players missing and I think they would have made a difference had they been here."

Ferguson is hoping to have most of them available for the second leg in three weeks' time, including Antonio Valencia, who has been out since September.

And, with United's task relatively straightforward, only a win is certain to take them into the last eight, Rooney feels his team-mates have every reason to be confident.

"We've got Marseille at home now and we know that if we beat them we're through to the next round," he said.

"We're confident at home and we have to be positive."

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