After Wayne Rooney’s awesome performance against Everton, Manchester United’s manager Louis Van Gaal has heaped praises on the striker and suggested he plays as a midfielder.
The Dutch tactician admitted that Rooney was “great” in his performance at Wembley yesterday. The Red Devils have now qualified for the FA Cup final.
Considering the large number of attackers in the team, it has been very hard for the coach to drop the youngest revelation in the squad, Marcus Rashford. For this reason, Louis Van Gaal may decide to have Rooney playing as a midfielder from now onward.
The 30-year-old striker who reportedly earns £300,000 per-week has the vision, tactfulness and skills as a midfielder. He has played in different positions before and it won’t be wrong to say Rooney is a versatile player.
Anthony Martial who has been sidelined due to injuries made an amazing return on the pitch. He scored the winner playing out wide. The goal was his 15th across all competitions.
Louis Van Gaal was not quick to answer if Rooney will continue playing as a midfielder for the team in future games. He diplomatically said: “It is dependable on where my players continue.
“I have explained it also last week. At this moment I think that [Marcus] Rashford does a very good job in the striker’s position and now Wayne can contribute to the team more in midfield.
“I have seen today a great Wayne in midfield. It is not the first time he has played in midfield. Last year he also played in midfield, then your colleagues said he should play in the strikers’ position. Maybe you remember that?”
Wayne Rooney ranks second in the United squad for most league chances created (35) this season. He has a lot to shoulder as a captain on and off the pitch. He may not have the ability to change games as has been questioned by critics; nonetheless, the star player should be accorded the respect he deserves for his contributions in the round leather game.
Wayne is a true legend for every team he has played with – Everton, England and Manchester United.
In September 2013, Rooney scored his 200th goal for Manchester United. He is currently on 244 goals, making him the club’s second top goalscorer of all time. His 192 Premier League goals make him the competition’s second top scorer of all time, and he holds the record for most goals for one club in the Premier League, with 177 for Manchester United.
Rooney made his senior international debut in February 2003 aged 17, becoming the youngest player to represent England (a record since broken by Theo Walcott) and he is England’s youngest ever goalscorer.
He played at UEFA Euro 2004 and scored four goals, briefly becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship.
Rooney has since featured at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups and is widely regarded as his country’s best player.
He has won the England Player of the Year award four times, in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015. With 51 goals in 109 international caps, Rooney is England’s all-time record goalscorer and fourth most-capped player. Along with David Beckham, Rooney is the most red carded player for England, having been sent off twice.
In 2009–10, Rooney was awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year.
He has won the Premier League Player of the Month award five times, a record only bettered by Steven Gerrard.
He came fifth in the vote for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or and was named in the FIFPro World 11 for 2011.
Rooney has won the ‘Goal of the Season’ award by the BBC’s Match of the Day poll on three occasions, with his bicycle kick against rivals Manchester City winning the ‘Premier League Goal of the 20 Seasons’ award.