ROONEY COULD BE MIDFIELDER

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The former Everton striker Wayne Rooney is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, but he is also equally adept at playing in a number of different positions across the pitch.

He has even been used as a defender by Sir Alex Ferguson on a few occasion. However, many think that his best position is just behind the striker. This season, he has largely found himself playing in the midfield due to the presence of Robin van Persie up front. The Dutchman was signing from Arsenal for £ 24 million, and his form has made it difficult for Sir Alex Ferguson to drop him.

On the other hand, Rooney has not been at his best this season. He has been criticised for being overweight at the start of the season. Even though he has made substantial improvement in his fitness, his goal scoring record this season has not been good. This has been partly down to the position of play, which is more deeper than before. Due the presence of three other high quality strikers, Rooney has said that he has had to be sacrificed for the team on a few occasions. However, he is happy to be doing the job for the team anywhere across the pitch.

"I've always said I've no problem doing that playing deep. I think we've got the balance right now. We've got the squad of players and the forwards more importantly who can go and score goals. So we've got options up front and that gives the manager the option to play me deeper or play another forward as well. That's great for the team. Of course I want to score goals," said Rooney. In the nine matches he has played in all competitions for United, he has scored just two goals.