With the transfer window shut teams must use the players that they have and is it possible that David Moyes has the perfect solution to their midfield problems without knowing?
So far this season Rooney has been the best player at United scoring ten goals in 19 appearances and creating numerous chances for his side, he has worked tirelessly for the team, trying to push them forward and has shown a tenacity that has been lacking at Old Trafford of late, so this begs the question, should he be playing deeper and plugging the obvious hole in the United midfield?
There are of course many who say that United have been unlucky this season, starting with a tough fixture list and missing their main goal threat, Robin Van Persie but the truth is that having nearly played all of the team in the league they still sit in 9th place, an unrecognisable position for the team who have dominated the Premier League since its inception.
But there are options and I for one find it startling that the versatile striker hasn’t been deployed much deeper for the common good of the team.
When United have the ball, which is infrequently due to the nature of a poor midfield they look clueless as if the creativity is missing so why not drop Rooney into the middle, a place he has played before and try and get some bite back in the team, up front there are still options RVP will soon be back in the starting line-up and at full strength and with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez more than capable of scoring goals providing that they get the service then it could be that United have a ready-made solution to their problem.
Goals bring results and results bring confidence, should Rooney adopt the proposed role than he would still have chances to get forward and score and ultimately win matches through creation not just the end product.
For me it’s the only real solution because with the January transfer window still three weeks away and United facing Aston Villa, West Ham, Hull and Norwich in that time as well as Capital One and Champions League fixtures it is vital that they fall no further behind Arsenal at the top of the table.
In truth United need to take all 12 points from these four games and at the start of the season you would have said this to be more than possible but of late you can’t be so sure and the Red Devils have no divine right to win any of the games, sadly it’s win or bust and whilst spending is out of the question Moyes will have to use his assets in the best way possible, so sacrificing Rooney may be the only option.
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