Forget Ronaldo, I'll be United's hitman but I must play up front, says Rooney
29 June 2009 12:11
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Wayne Rooney has vowed to grabs the goals for Manchester United in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Real Madrid - but warned that he must play up front next season.
The Portugal winger has signed a six-year deal with the Spanish giants after they splashed out £80million for his services.
Ronaldo scored 118 in 292 matches - mostly from midfield - for the Red Devils and boss Sir Alex Ferguson will dearly miss his goals.
Rooney, who has also seen Carlos Tevez leave Old Trafford this summer, insists he is the man to shoot United to glory.
But the England star, who has often been used out wide by Ferguson, is adamant that he must be used as a centre-forward next season.
'We've lost two key players and obviously I hope we can get a few players in,' Rooney told The Times.
'Between them Cristiano and Carlos scored a lot of goals for us
last season and the season before, but I would like to think I'm capable of filling that gap.
'I've said before that, if I can play in my right position, I'm capable of doing that. I want to play in the position where I feel I'm best. A lot of people think I'm best as a centre forward.
'To play in a UEFA Champions League final and to play week in, week out for Manchester United is a privilege and it's something I'm very lucky to be doing, but I don't think playing on the wing I can express myself as much as I like to.'