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Rooney: “Don’t play me in midfield”

vsReading4Wayne Rooney has made clear he sees himself as a striker, rather than a central midfielder. Rooney, who still denies handing in a transfer request, is set to hold talks with David Moyes which will go a long way in determining his and the club’s future but has maintained he doesn’t relish playing in the deep-lying midfield role he was deployed in last season.

In an interview with this month’s Four Four Two, Rooney said that, while “in the years to come, that [the central midfield position] might be somewhere I could play, but, right now, I’m definitely a centre-forward. I’m after more goals.”

The news will be welcomed by the large number of United fans who do not see Rooney as a midfielder either. Many who oppose the decision to deploy the former Everton man in midfield have underlined how erratic his first touch can at times be.

“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,” Rooney told Four Four Two.

“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.”

With just over two months letf until the Community Shield, David Moyes will be keen to solve Rooney’s future as quickly and as decisively as possible particularly with if any of the clubs linked with the United striker were to step up their interest.

Rooney might not be the only player to leave Old Trafford this summer, with Patrice Evra reportedly on Monaco’s radar. The Mirror reports that the newly-promoted French club are ready to continue their spending spree by tabling a £10m for the United left-back who has two years left on his contract and the paper claims that the sum would allow David Moyes to fund a move for Leighton Baines.

The Mirror is not alone on this, with the Mail and the Daily Express also reporting the England full-back, who’s five years younger than Evra, is David Moyes’ first target.

Dan (@MUFC_dan87)