Van Gaal could use Rooney to solve Manchester United midfield crisis

Wayne Rooney

New Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is to play Wayne Rooney as a central midfielder next season, reports claim.

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes’ mishandling of United’s midfield arguably cost him his job.

Last summer the Red Devils were linked with a host of midfielders, yet as the transfer window edged towards its climax, the club settled for Belgian international Marouanne Fellaini – a decision still frowned upon today.

New boss Louis Van Gaal faces the same dilemma this summer, though if the first few weeks are anything to go by, then the club are no nearer to finding a answer.

Toni Kroos and Arda Turan are now no-goers, whilst potential transfer fees for the likes of William Carvalho, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal appear to be increasing with each passing week.

Does Louis Van Gaal have a solution? Well, if reports from The Mirror are to be believed, then perhaps he does.

According to the English newspaper, the current Dutch coach has decided to try out Wayne Rooney as a deep-lying midfielder as of next season.

The 28-year-old has played a total of 442 matches for the Old Trafford outfit spanning across ten seasons, though despite occupying a range of positions, he has rarely featured as a deep-lying central midfielder – despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s belief that he could.

Wayne Rooney possesses strength, defensive capabilities, pace in the middle of the park but most importantly a fabulous passing range intent on driving the team forward.

The England international is said to be frustrated from playing out on the wing, and with Robin Van Persie and Juan Mata expected to take up central forward positions next season, Manchester United’s highest earner could become that elusive midfield star the club has been calling out for.

The report goes on to say that Louis Van Gaal has consulted with the club’s staff on the issue, and United’s tour of the U.S. will be used as key preparation in moulding Rooney as the new heartbeat of the team.

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