“In the years to come, that [a midfield role] might be somewhere I could play, but, right now, I’m definitely a centre-forward. I’m after more goals.” Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has admitted his frustration over being played in a supporting striker role under Sir Alex Ferguson last season.
Rooney, 27, reportedly handed in a transfer request near to the end of last season that was announced by Ferguson and he has now openly stated his growing frustration over playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie since the Dutchman’s arrival in the summer from Arsenal.
Van Persie’s 30 goals spearheaded United’s title winning campaign and despite his stop start season, Rooney still managed to score 16 and he feels that scoring goals is still his prerogative as a player.
“In the years to come, that [a midfield role] might be somewhere I could play, but, right now, I’m definitely a centre-forward. I’m after more goals,” Rooney told Four Four Two.
“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.”
While Rooney impressed in a midfield role against lesser opposition, poor performances away to West Ham and Arsenal suggest that he is not ready to make the move into midfield permanently just yet.
One of David Moyes’ first tasks at Old Trafford will be to assure Rooney of his future, whether that be if Rooney is in Moyes’ plans for next season or not, amid reported interest from Arsenal and PSG.
Moyes has previously worked with Rooney at Everton as a 16 year old and it was under Moyes that Rooney made his Premier League debut but with a cloud of uncertainty hovering over Rooney’s United career, it remains to be seen whether he will return to Old Trafford in what would be his tenth year with the club.