Rooney sees striking future

  • By: Tim Oscroft
  • Last Updated: June 5 2013, 10:21 BST

Wayne Rooney thinks that Manchester United will get the best out of him in the future as a centre-forward.

Wayne Rooney: Spent parts of 2012-13 in midfield role behind Robin van Persie
Wayne Rooney: Spent parts of 2012-13 in midfield role behind Robin van Persie

The 27-year-old, who handed in a transfer request at the end of the season, occasionally played in midfield for United in their recent Premier League title-winning campaign.

Following his move from Arsenal, Robin van Persie led the line for United to good effect with 26 league goals, with Rooney lending support in a slightly withdrawn role.

Rooney would be happy to fill that position in the future, but he is keen to have more chances to play up front beforehand.

"In the years to come, that 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 magazine.

"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."


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