Louis van Gaal prepared to play Wayne Rooney in midfield

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could move captain Wayne Rooney back into midfield before the end of the season, according to the Manchester Evening News. 

The report has claimed that the Red Devils chief is still open to the idea of playing his versatile skipper in the middle of the park despite the player's fine form in the attacking department in recent weeks. 

Versatile Rooney 

Rooney, who has featured in the middle of the park on a number of occasions throughout the course of the campaign so far, moved back up top after Dutchman Robin van Persie picked up a long term injury. 

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The former Everton man has also moved ahead of Colombian forward Radamel Falcao in the pecking order, with the on loan Monaco striker failing to prove his credentials on English soil. 

However, despite many believing that Rooney's best position is in attack, Van Gaal could yet move him back into midfield.

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The same report from MEN have, however, claimed that any decision to switch Rooney would be met with resistance by the Old Trafford faithful, but that may not stop Van Gaal acting as he goes in search of securing Champions League qualification for the club. 

Liverpool showdown 

Ahead of this weekend's huge Premier League showdown with Liverpool, it's likely that Rooney will continue up top, with Van Persie still out on the sidelines. That may well leave Falcao on the bench, while youngster James Wilson will also be hoping to make the squad at Anfield. 

Wilson, of course, started when the two sides met each other in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in December, but it's seemingly unlikely that he will take his place in the starting XI on Merseyside. 

Rooney must play up front 

It's understandable to see why Van Gaal wants to utilise Rooney in the midfield role. After all, the Dutch boss clearly feels that his captain offers him something different in the middle of the park, but it's clear for all to see that Rooney is at this best when playing as a striker. 

If Manchester United are going to secure Champions League qualification this term, then they are going to need Rooney to be at his best. That's why he has to lead the line - even if that means leaving out Falcao, Van Persie and Wilson.

It looks set to be a huge couple of months for Van Gaal at Old Trafford, and his captain has the ability to inspire his side to glory. 

Manchester United fans: Would Van Gaal be making a mistake by moving Rooney back into midfield? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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