Paul Scholes: Play Wayne Rooney up front for Manchester United and he’ll score

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Louis van Gaal must play Wayne Rooney up front if the club are to get the best out of him.

Rooney has been employed in an unfamiliar midfield role for large parts of this season but returned to his favoured position up top following an injury to Robin van Persie.

Against Sunderland last weekend, the 29-year-old scored both of Man United’s goals in a 2-0 victory and has been much more effective in the role than either van Persie or Falcao have been this season.

Rooney’s impressive form continued against Newcastle United on Wednesday night and he hounded Tim Krul into the mistake which led to Ashley Young’s late winner. Scholes is adamant that Rooney will produce for United as long as he is played up front.

Speaking about Rooney’s position, Scholes said: “If Rooney plays centre forward for the rest of the season, he’ll score you a lot of goals.

Van Gaal revealed earlier this month that he thinks he does not have a striker capable of scoring 20 goals a season but Rooney will undoubtedly hit those figures if he continues up top.”

As well as being a threat offensively, Rooney led from the front and often put Newcastle’s defenders under pressure.

With van Persie and Falcao struggling at Old Trafford, van Gaal must put faith in Rooney if United are to prosper this season because he’s the best striker the team has on current form.

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