Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney was in buoyant mood as he described his Player and Goal of the Month award as pleasing in an interview with the club’s official website ManUtd.com.
The Red Devils skipper has shown his versatility under boss Louis van Gaal this season, sacrificing a striker place for a new role in midfield.
So far, it has proven to be an easy transition for the striker and his performances throughout December were among his most consistent in recent years.
In five matches leading up to and over the festive period, Rooney contributed with three goals and provided a further two assists as United established their place in the top four.
As a result, the Old Trafford faithful voted for the England skipper for both the Player and Goal of the Month award, an honour which he credits the team during a difficult run of fixtures.
“It’s always a tough month, December, and, as a player and a team, you have to dig in because it’s physically demanding,” he told the club’s official website.
“I thought we did well as a team and I scored a few goals from my role in midfield. It’s always great to get on the scoresheet and to create a few goals was also nice.”
Rooney’s sudden burst of goals and assists may come as a surprise given his new role which undoubtedly has a number of defensive duties to apply.
Arguably, it’s a position which suits the 29-year-old and allows him to use his tenacity to good effect, though when quizzed by ManUtd.com Rooney spoke of the need to keep learning and progressing.
“It’s different obviously but it’s a role that the manager has given me and it’s one that also gives me license to get forward,” he added.
“You have to make sure you do your defensive duties as well because it’s an important position on the pitch. I’ve tried to do that the best I can. Hopefully, I can keep doing that and keep learning and improving.”