Doubt has long surrounded Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United.
Following a season where the club’s captain struggled for goals and consistency, fans have largely been unsure on where he will feature next term.
Some say his best position is upfront, others insist he’s far more effective as a central midfielder.
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Where Jose Mourinho decides to play his skipper remains to be seen, but the Portuguese has at least taken steps to assure Rooney that he will be United’s main man for the 2016/17 campaign.
This is according to the Mirror, who claim Mourinho spoke to the 30-year-old striker over the phone following England’s victory against Australia on Friday, in which Rooney scored a wonderful goal.
During the conversation, the pair discussed summer transfer plans and Rooney’s thoughts on what needed changing at the Theatre of Dreams.
It’s thought that his role in the team wasn’t overly discussed but the writing on the wall, simply, is that his days as a lone striker are numbered.
Teammates Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both impressed when played up top last season, whilst rumours continue to suggest Zlatan Ibrahimovic will arrive on a free this summer.
All this means that Rooney will probably play in midfield, where he will be given the freedom to roam and flaunt his creativity.
And if his strike against Australia is anything to go by, playing in a deeper role could afford him more chances to shoot from range, where he has proved deadly throughout his illustrious career.