Rooney has come a long way since the summer; pundits were saying that he was sure to leave United, there was no way back for him, Jose Mourinho at Chelsea had won him over.
However, since rejecting Mourinho's ultimatum, Rooney has been re-energised. One of the main reasons behind his renewed confidence is that he is being played in his favoured position just behind Robin Van Persie.
The England player's rift with previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson opened up when, on several occasions, Rooney was forced to play in midfield. Speaking to the Telegraph, Rooney explains that, “I didn’t feel I got a consistent run of games up front." Indeed, since Van Persie's arrival from Arsenal, Rooney immediately appeared to be playing second fiddle to the Dutchman.
"I actually felt when I played midfield I did OK but I didn’t want to play there," continued Rooney. "I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn’t happening. I can play midfield. Maybe when I’m a bit older, losing my legs a bit, I can go back there.’’
Rooney was asked whether he had made it clear that, as a goalscorer, he was not keen to start in midfield. "Everyone at the club knew that’s where I wanted to play," responded Rooney. "That’s why I was disappointed because I got told to play in midfield and I didn’t want to but I’d always go in and try to help the team. There had to come a point where for my own career I had to be a bit selfish really.’’
In recent weeks, Rooney has certainly proven that he is capable of playing in his favoured position, new manager David Moyes has clearly recognised that the player is at his best when he is happy.
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