Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal must play Wayne Rooney up front

Wayne Rooney now has six in six for the England national team.

Last night saw Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney star for England once again, moving ever closer to the national goal-scoring record of Bobby Charlton with a brace against fierce rivals Scotland.

He netted a clever header at the beginning of the second half before rounding off a lovely team move to make it 3-1 for England on the night.

It means that Rooney has now scored six goals in his last six internationals for England and it should surely come as a message to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal - Wayne Rooney needs to play up front.

The 29-year-old has been largely used in the attacking midfield position by LVG since his arrival in the summer. It is a position that Van Gaal believes brings the most out of Rooney, but there is no doubt that the best seasons in Rooney's career have come when he is asked to play as a striker, and nothing else.

Rooney is also known not to enjoy playing in the deeper role. when he almost left the club last summer it was because of his ever decreasing responsibilities as a centre-forward and the growing prevalence of playing in the midfield.

His form for England shows that as a striker Rooney remains one of the most deadly and most ruthless finishers in the world game. Manchester United must begin playing their captain up top or risk missing out on the rewards of doing so, as well as demoralising one of their most senior players.

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