Fabio Capello feels new role suits Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Former England manager Fabio Capello believes Wayne Rooney can prosper in a deep-lying role at Manchester United, much like Paul Scholes did.

Louis van Gaal has had to get creative in his efforts to fit a wealth of attacking talent into his Manchester United starting XI.

With Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao all on his books, he faces something of a selection headache.

One solution to that poser has been to drop club captain Rooney into a deeper role.

His work rate and keen eye for goal make him ideal for the post, with his natural instinct to get in and around the box.

Capello believes it is a position he could fill long-term for the Red Devils, with Rooney seemingly the perfect successor to Paul Scholes – with United yet to find a suitable replacement for a man who did so much damage from midfield in years gone by.

The Italian, who is now in charge of the Russia national side, said in The National: “Rooney can play in every position. He’s a fantastic player, who with me also played just behind the main forward.

“He’s very good there, because he makes runs, has good vision and in every situation he always chooses the best solution – and he scores goals.

“For me, with a player like Rooney it’s very important that he goes into the area.

“If he wants to score goals he needs to be there. Yes, when he arrives from deep it’s easy because technically he’s very good; he has a good shot. But if he wants to score more goals he needs to stay in the box.”

Scholes finally hung up his boots in 2013, having initially stepped out of retirement to return to the United fold.

He plundered over 150 goals - including 107 in the Premier League - during a glittering career which saw him step out of the Old Trafford academy system to make more than 700 senior appearances.

At the peak of his powers, he was a devastating attacking weapon for United and England.

Rooney is capable of doing a similar job, if he is prepared to step away from his natural striking berth and fill more of a creative role.

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