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Rooney central to Utd scoring plans
Published : 07 Sep 2009 09:20:22
MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows Wayne Rooney likes to wander around the pitch but claims the England man is at his most effective when he occupies the centre-forward role. Rooney has four Premier League goals for United already this season, putting him level with Jermain Defoe at the top of the scoring charts. He has scored against Birmingham and Arsenal, and netted a double at Wigan in United's 5-0 win. United are keen for Rooney to play a more central role than in previous seasons, with Ferguson believing he can provide the goals to soften the blow of Cristiano Ronaldo's summer exit. The former Everton striker has welcomed the opportunity, but Ferguson understands the 23-year-old is prone to roaming. Ferguson told Inside United magazine: "The boy's got a real hunger and drive about him. He has so much energy that sometimes he overdoes it in the sense that he wants to use it all; he'll drop into midfield or he'll go outside left. "But he's young, and young players tend to sometimes be that way - they want to spend all their energy on the pitch. "But if he concentrates like he did at Wigan and spends more time in the central areas rather than the wide positions then he will get goals. There's no doubt about that." Rooney has been a regular scorer since joining United in 2004, however Ferguson suspects Sir Bobby Charlton's club goals record of 249 will be difficult to beat. "It'll be very tough," Ferguson said. "Sir Bobby's record is 249 goals, so at this stage of Wayne's career I'd say he'll have to do very well to get anywhere near that." Should Rooney always play centre forward for United? Have your say.