Wayne Rooney is wasted in midfield. He really is. He is not Paul Scholes; he never has been and he never will be. Yes, like Scholes, Rooney has wonderful vision, but unlike Scholes, he is a world-class striker. He will end his career as Manchester United's and England's all-time record goalscorer. That's quite the achievement.
So, Louis van Gaal has to remove him from the centre of midfield immediately. We all know that Rooney is versatile: he's played up top, down the right, the left and now in the middle of the park. He can do a job anywhere.
Doing a job
And, don't get me wrong, there's a time and a place for Rooney to do a job. For the good of the team, there are certain matches Rooney should be moved into a different area of the pitch. But Rooney is too good to just be doing a job all of the time. Van Gaal is making a serious mistake.
More often than not, Rooney should be playing as a striker. Incredibly, the 29-year-old is currently in his 11th season at Old Trafford. There's a reason why he's outlasted all of his previous strike partners at the club.
He's played next to them all at the Theatre of Dreams: Ruud van Nistelrooy, Carlos Tevez, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Co. have all come and gone.
Rooney will probably outlast the duo of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, too. He's not always been the main man...the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and more recently Van Persie have stolen the show in Manchester, but Rooney has always been roaming around in the final third of the pitch and proving his credentials.
Things are currently at a standstill for him, however. This is the time, as the club's captain, that he needs to lead from the front. In Ander Herrera, Manchester United have a player who can pick a pass from the middle of the park. Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Angel di Maria can all do a similar job. United can replace Rooney in midfield; they can't replace him in attack.
There's something missing from Rooney's game when he plays in midfield. He seems reluctant to get forward. Perhaps, he's under orders from the powers that be, but there is a mistake being made somewhere. He's a natural goalscorer, but he hasn't found the back of the net this year. That's not his fault.
In attack, he has always been relied upon. Goals have always been scored. Runs have always been made. And tomorrow night, as Manchester United go in search of returning to winning ways against Burnley on home soil, Rooney must be let off the leash once again.
Millions of pounds may well have been invested in this Manchester United side, but the club should once again turn to the man they splashed the cash on way back in 2004. Rooney is good enough to lead the Manchester United line for a number of years yet. Come on, Louis: Do the right thing before it's too late.
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