Wayne Rooney explains where he can play at a "very high standard" for Man Utd

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Wayne Rooney's steep decline in recent years has become quite an issue for those in power at Manchester United.

From superstar to benchwarmer, the 30-year-old is no longer guaranteed a place in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up, as demonstrated by his position on the bench.

It's a dilemma that needs solving - and an expensive one at that. United's captain is currently on £300,000-per-week and it makes little sense for a player of his stature and pay packet to be used as a substitute.


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Finding Rooney's best position is the real problem at hand. For years he played as a striker for United, but recent times have seen him used as a No.10 and central midfielder.

According to the England international, though, he can play to a "very high standard" in a deep-lying midfield role.

In an honest Q&A session, per the Independent, he said: "I feel I can control and dictate games from there.

"I'm not saying I'm better. I'm saying I can play there to a very high standard. Time will tell.

"Of course, it's obvious I'm not as quick as I was.

"You can always have a football brain. I've got that. A lot is made of where I play, and how I play, and obviously it gets a bit frustrating at times.

"But of course there will come a time, if I'm not playing, I might have to be a bit more selfish in terms of where I want to play and making that clear.

"But at the minute, I'm happy playing where my managers want me to play."

Rooney couldn't give a clear-cut answer when asked where he feels most comfortable playing but did insist he enjoys playing in midfield.

"Again, it is difficult," he added. "I said at the end of last season I was enjoying playing in midfield.

"I feel I can bring a lot to the game from there, but under circumstances I know I could go on the training pitch now and be asked to play No.9, as a striker, or be asked to be No.10 too.

"I'll see what happens and if I become uncomfortable playing in a position where I'm asked to play, of course I'll say."

The harsh reality for Rooney is that United fans might not want him anywhere near the current starting line-up.

In his absence against Leicester City, the midfield duo of Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba thrived and helped the Red Devils along to a crushing 4-1 victory.

However, Sunday's 1-1 draw with Stoke City will have given Rooney hope that he can force his way back into the frame considering how wasteful some of his teammates were.

Like he said, only time will tell.

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