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Rooney: I'm A Striker, Not A Midfielder

Wayne Rooney has admitted his frustration at being shunted into midfield at Manchester United last season.

The England international had been accustomed to being United’s striking talisman, ahead of players like Dimitar Berbatov, Danny Welbeck and Chicharito.

Last season however, Robin van Persie arrived from Arsenal and assumed the number one striker’s position at Old Trafford, and promptly fired United to Premier League glory, finishing as the league’s top scorer for the second campaign in row.

To squeeze Rooney into the line-up, Alex Ferguson dropped the Scouser into central midfield, tasking him with playmaking responsibilities.

But the 27-year-old blew hot and cold in midfield, and was frequently subbed off in a huff, as he pined for his place at the sharp end of United’s attack.

New United manager David Moyes is now faced with the dilemma of where to field Wazza, who already has antipathy towards him after being forced to pay the manager a hefty sum of money in a law suit.

Rooney is reportedly open to moving away from United, especially if he is not given guarantees of playing as a centre-forward.

And he has laid his cards on the table by admitting that at this stage of his career, he only wants to play as a striker.

Asked by Four Four Two if there is any way he could consider a new role as a full-time midfielder, Rooney said: "No. 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."

Moyes must be sweating over what to do with Rooney. But as far as the player himself is concerned, the situation is easily resolved by simply fielding him in his desired position.

"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,” he said.

“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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