Wayne Rooney has not been utilised as much as he would like in his coveted central striker role this season, mainly due to the arrival of Dutch marksman Robin van Persie.

The emergence of Danny Welbeck this season has also seen Rooney operate in a deeper playmaking role. With the up and coming Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa vying for the playmakers role, where does that leave Rooney?

We have time and again bore witness to Rooney's ability to find a team-mate 20 to 30 yards across the field. We have seen his genius in his capability to make defence-splitting passes and wicked through balls.

Rooney's game has also been modified significantly over the past few seasons. He does not dribble with the ball as much as he used to. When was the last time Rooney smashed home a goal from outside the penalty area?

In retrospect, the once touted wonder-kid and Manchester United star has everything it takes to be a midfield general. There is no doubt that Rooney has a superb passing technique. He is also gifted with a footballing brain that allows him to envisage and craft chances for his team.

This man does not lack for passion of the game - putting him in the middle of the park could very well bring out the drive and fire that he once possessed in seasons past. The combative atmosphere would be Rooney's natural element as the man is a fighter with the determination and drive unparalleled when at its peak.

This would be a perfect place for United to groom the next captain of the team. Driving the team from the middle, pulling the strings of the game and giving United's midfield the raw and untamed fire it has been missing since the days of Roy Keane. Rooney is more than capable of being both a magician and a destroyer.

With his skill, technique and ability he has the potential to be a great midfielder for United. Coupled with his size, strength, stamina and drive, opponents will find they have limited time and space to work in with Rooney in the mix.

Given the current number of strikers that swell in the Red Devil's ranks, it could be a wise move to shift Rooney to a midfield role to thrive in and cement his place and allowing him to reclaim his status as United’s talisman, and provide the platform to build his reputation as the future captain in the Theatre of Dreams.


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