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Louis van Gaal admits Wayne Rooney may have to play out of position again

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Manchester United fans, don't be angry, but Louis van Gaal has hinted that Wayne Rooney may play as a holding midfielder against Chelsea tomorrow.

Injuries to Michael Carrick, Daley Blind and Phil Jones means that van Gaal is short of options in the middle of midfield.

Rooney, who played as a central midfielder earlier this season as part of a tactical experiment, has been excellent since he was switched back to his preferred forward position.

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In fact, Rooney has been the catalyst for United's superb second half of the season, catapulting the club into the top four thanks in part to his form in front of goal.

The United and England captain leads the club with 12 league goals so far this season, with six of them coming in the last two months since he switched back up front permanently.

But it looks like he may be dropping further back against Chelsea.

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Speaking to reporters ahead of Saturday evening's game, van Gaal said: "Carrick is injured, he cannot play.

"But not only Michael Carrick - Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo cannot play.

"It cannot be worse because it's two players in the left central defensive positions, and Johnny Evans is still suspended.

"Daley Blind and Michael Carrick play in the holding position in midfield, so I have to change my lineup a lot against Chelsea."

And the Manchester United Twitter account confirmed that speaking to MUTV, van Gaal said that Rooney may be required to fill in the role.

What do you think Manchester United fans - should van Gaal swap Rooney back into midfield, or is he too vital to the team going forward?

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