Gary Neville adamant: THIS is Wayne Rooney's best position

Former Manchester United captain stated ahead of last night's game that Wayne Rooney's best position is as an out and out striker.

Wayne Rooney started up front for Manchester United last month, reprising a role he fulfilled on his last visit to the Allianz Arena.

That was in 2009/10, the last season he performed week in week out as a centre-forward, a campaign in which he bagged 34 goals - his highest ever tally for United.

Of late he has been asked to drop back, to accommodate first choice frontman Robin van Persie, who missed both legs against Bayern Munich through injury - allowing Rooney a chance to start up top in his place.

And former teammate Gary Neville told before the game that he was adamant playing as a centre-forward on a regular basis brings out the best in the England international.

He told SkySports: "I think it is his best role, he can hold the ball up. Playing deep he can sometimes get dragged back.

"He's in areas of the pitch where United need him most, where he can score goals. 

"He's in area of the pitch where united need him most can score goals, he needs to be playing on the shoulder of people."

The Red Devils striker had a poor game for United however last night, hesitant when it came to two clear chances, and question marks over his fitness, reportedly having a toe injection to enable him to play.

Neville defended his second half miss after the game, stating: "It either comes too quick or he can't sort his feet out. It was too bobbly, he sort of blames Danny Welbeck for the pass but Wayne should have done better."

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