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Rooney - I can fill the gap

29 Jun 2009 07:20:35

Rooney - I can fill the gap

Wayne Rooney feels he can be the player to compensate for the loss of attacking talent at Manchester United. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 84 Premier League goals for United, is set to complete his £80million transfer to Real Madrid this week. Furthermore, Argentine star Carlos Tevez has rebuffed an offer from the Red Devils to prolong his two-year stay at Old Trafford. Rooney is hopeful manager Sir Alex Ferguson will reinforce the squad this summer but is also keen to be spearhead his side's attack next season. England international Rooney has often been deployed out wide under Ferguson, despite the forward feeling he shines when given a duty in the centre. "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." He added: "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."


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