Rooney reacts to his display against Newcastle, compares himself to United legend

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney says his performance against Newcastle was reminiscent of Paul Scholes.

Wayne Rooney was once again utilised in a more reserved role for Manchester United today, as Louis van Gaal used the England star in central midfield.

It proved to be a stroke of genius again from van Gaal, as Rooney scored twice to drive United on to victory in their 3-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

Rooney has played further back this season in order to accommodate Juan Mata, and now says that he is trying to embrace his inner Paul Scholes having played alongside the Manchester United legend for many years.

"It's a role that I've played many times and I know I can play," said Rooney.  "The manager has given me even more licence to get forward and get into the box from that role."

"As Paul (Scholes) did many times over his career, he could see the ball when it was wide and see the space and run into it - I did that today with my two goals. It's nice to win, nice to score goals and I'm delighted with the performance," added the 29-year-old.

As well as his two goals, Rooney added one assist to his tally, laying on a goal for Robin van Persie in United's thumping win.

That earned him the man of the match award from United fans, and they'll be sincerely hoping that the England international continues those fine displays in the coming weeks.

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