Rooney insists on centre-forward berth at Man Utd

Wayne Rooney has dismissed suggestions that his near future could be spent playing in midfield, insisting that new Manchester United manager David Moyes should see him as a striker, according to the Daily Mirror.

Rooney’s future at United remains in doubt ahead of talks with Moyes and Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs monitoring the situation. But regardless of the club that Rooney calls home, he believes attack is his most effective position – although did concede that his long-term role could be further back.

In the years to come, [midfield] might be somewhere I could play, but, right now, I’m definitely a centre-forward. I’m after more goals,” Rooney told FourFourTwo.

He added: “I’ve played up front on my own a few times for Manchester United and it’s a role I’m very comfortable with and have no problems playing.

When you play as a target man, you have to stay up front and help the team out by holding the ball up and waiting for support. That all comes with experience. It’s a good role for me to play, and hopefully I can continue doing well there.

Rooney, who denies having issued a transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson, played as a centre-forward for England against Brazil on Sunday, scoring once and creating the Three Lions’ other goal in a 2-2 draw.

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