Wayne Rooney has confirmed he is ready to drop into Manchester United's midfield on a permanent basis, claiming he always wanted to try and become the team's new Paul Scholes.
The Red Devils skipper started in a deeper role in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Everton and aided the side to a 2-1 victory.
Rooney is already a record goalscorer for England and is just six away from breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's mark for Manchester United too. However, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial coming to prominence, switching to a midfield role appears to be a natural step.
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In the aftermath of the game, the 30-year-old confirmed he was more than happy to stay in his new role and even compared himself to the legendary Scholes.
Scholes is widely considered to be one of the best midfielders ever to play the game and his retirement in 2013 has let a gaping hole in Louis van Gaal's side. Rooney now hopes to be the man to fill it.
Learning from the best
“I’ve known for a few years, I have played there a few times throughout my career and I can play that position," he told The Mirror.
“I have played and watched Paul Scholes play that role for years and I always knew that one day that is where I would play so I have tried to learn and watch what he did.
"It is still early days but hopefully if I keep playing there I can develop and get better. I think if I can do that I can free other players up.
"Obviously it is down to the manager. It is his decision — and for the team, more importantly, it is the right thing to do at this moment in time.
“We have got a lot of pace in the team now and I think I can read the game quite well and whether to go forward or stay deeper and leave the space for the other lads.”
Rooney may be facing a similar problem with regards to the Three Lions this summer. Leicester City star Jamie Vardy and Tottenham's Harry Kane have certainly staked their claim for a starting place in Roy Hodgson's squad, potentially leaving Rooney, the captain, on the bench.
However, after a fine performance in midfield against the Toffees, it has been suggested he could make a similar step backwards for the national side. However, Rooney dismissed such a claim, saying he had not spoken to Hodgson yet.
Rooney added: “I don’t know, that is a decision for Roy Hodgson.”
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