Wayne Rooney will no longer play regularly in attack for Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney has become a leader on and off the pitch for Manchester United, but it's unlikely that he will enter the 2016/17 campaign as the club's leading striker. 

The United captain was handed a prominent role in midfield towards the end of the campaign under the guidance of Louis van Gaal. 

But what does incoming manager Jose Mourinho have in store for the 30-year-old? 


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Well, as reported by The Guardian, it appears that Rooney will no longer play regularly up front for the Red Devils. 

That's because the self-proclaimed 'Special One' has prioritised the signing of an elite striker at Old Trafford. 

Striker struggles 

United endured a tricky season in front of goal, racking up just 49 league strikes - their lowest ever tally recorded in the Premier League. 

Exciting youngsters Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford look destined for success, but it's clear for all to see that the club are in desperate need of a world-class forward. 

Unfortunately, it appears that Rooney no longer fits the bill; his 20 league goals from the past two seasons combined only confirms that notion. 

Perhaps, then, Mourinho will hand the former Everton man a prominent role in the middle of the park. Rooney clearly has all the attributes required to become a fine midfielder and perhaps Mourinho is the man to get the best out of him at this stage in his career. 


But who will become United's next superstar striker? The same report claims that Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to join the ranks at the Theatre of Dreams this summer.

The 34-year-old may well be approaching the latter stages of his career, but he's still in the form of his life. Indeed, he struck an incredible 38 league goals during Paris Saint-Germain's latest title-winning campaign.

Ibrahimovic arriving at Old Trafford would represent a risk for the club's hierarchy, but it's one that would excite the club's faithful.

The football on show in Manchester over the past couple of years has been dire, but things could be about to change.

The prospect of Ibrahimovic spearheading the United attack is one to relish. There's no guarantee that he will be a success, but his presence should boost the entire club in the pursuit of glory. 

Manchester United fans: should Mourinho play Rooney in midfield next season? Have your say below! 

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