Ex-Manchester United boss Docherty hits out a Louis van Gaal's handling of Wayne Rooney

Tommy Docherty thinks Wayne Rooney should be used in his favoured forward position rather than in midfield.

Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty has criticised Louis van Gaal's use of Wayne Rooney, with the United captain frequently being played out of position by the Dutchman.

Rooney has been played in several positions so far this season, and has lately been featuring in the unfamiliar right side of the midfield diamond, and even played as the more defensive midfielder during their last outing - a 3-1 win over Burnley last Wednesday.

Docherty told the Daily Mirror: “I’ve no idea where he wants to play Rooney. Wayne’s a front-man, up top with Robin van Persie or someone else like that.

“Playing him back there – no, that’s not for me. If you’ve no other alternative, that’s different, then play him there. But Wayne’s not a midfielder and never will be."

Rooney has previously been used in central midfield previously by both David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson, but the midfield appearances seem to be getting more frequent this term.

He may be playing in midfield in order to accommodate the attacking talents of Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie, but with the form of Falcao not meeting the standard that was perhaps expected of him from the start of the season given his prolific records at both Porto and Atletico Madrid.

Despite spending a lot of time in a more withdrawn role, Rooney has found the net on twice as many occasions as the Colombian, who would be the obvious candidate to drop out of the United starting XI.

Rooney's range of passing means he can be a creator as well as a goalscorer which is perhaps a reason he's being played in the middle of the park. It is, however, hard to believe that Docherty is the only person connected to the club concerned that the United skipper's talents are wasted. 

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