Central role for Rooney

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Sir Alex Ferguson will hand Wayne Rooney a centre forward role this season after backing him to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of Manchester United's goalscoring charts.

Rooney has been deployed in a variety of roles in recent years, with the England international often shifted out wide or into a deeper position.

Ferguson said: ""He will be used as a central striker this season. He goes on these bursts of goals. Last season I think he hit seven in a row at one point - but if he can do that more consistently over the season, he will get to 25 and above."

He added: "I don't think the responsibility of getting more goals will affect Wayne at all. He's got the mental strength for all that kind of thing.

"He's proved that time and time again."

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