Wayne Rooney believes that he is capable of playing anywhere on the pitch for Manchester United, with the striker-by-trade taking on a midfield role last night as United defeated Otelul Galati 2-0.
Rooney played alongside Anderson in the middle of the pitch for the match, with Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov starting up-front. But the 25-year-old still found the net in the 87th minute, closing the match down and sealing the win for the Red Devils.
And Rooney insists that he is confident to take on whatever role Ferguson hands down to him, even if it's a long-term shift away from his usual up-front position.
“I’ve said it before, I’m a good enough footballer to play anywhere on the pitch,” he told the official United website. “That’s not being big headed. I feel I’m capable of doing that. If the manager wants me to play there, I’ve no problem doing that.
“I played there a lot [in midfield] when I was younger. You get a lot of the ball there and we had to defend as well at times tonight. If the manager asks me to do it, I’m happy to do it. I don’t know if it’s long term, that’s down to the manager, so we’ll see what he decides.”
United are now top of Group C after securing the three points last night, and Rooney is delighted that the goal of taking the win could be achieved, with Galati putting up a fight to the last minute.
“We’ve come out and done a job. We knew we had to win but we also know there are no easy games in the Champions League,” he explained.
“They came and pressed us quite high which was surprising. Thankfully we got the 2-0 win and if we win our next home game then we’ll win the group.
“It’s difficult in the Champions League, as we saw the other night with Chelsea [drawing 1-1 with Genk]. People might look and think Galati aren’t the best team but if they work hard and defend well it’s difficult to break them down.”