Ray Wilkins explains what he believes is Wayne Rooney's best position for Manchester United

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The United and England skipper bagged a brace during the enthralling draw with Newcastle on Tuesday.

Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has waded into one of English football's most contested debates by suggesting the position which should be considered as Wayne Rooney's strongest, Sky Sports reports.

While the 30-year-old is most well-known as a striker, he has featured in several different roles during his career. And while Wilkins believes that Rooney should be used in an advanced position on the pitch, he questioned whether he has a future as the main striker. 

"Wayne is now a No 10 playing just off the forward player," he told Sky Sports.

"He can score all day long coming on to the ball and he has that ability to play passes through to create. For the remainder of his career, he's a No 10."

Although the former Everton man has lost some pace since his younger days, his willingness to use his energy to attack and track back in equal measure makes him a valuable asset to have in the side. 

And while those attributes would suggest that he would be best suited being utilised even deeper than what Wilkins suggests, his recent form suggests that Louis van Gaal desperately needs him further up the field. 

He has scored four goals in his last three games in all competitions, with his brace against Newcastle almost helping the Red Devils to a narrow victory. His second goal in the 3-3 draw, which saw Rooney take a position on the edge of the box to thunder home an excellent strike, perhaps proves Wilkins' point that a slightly deeper role may be best for the forward. 

However, his chances may well be limited due to United's lack of options in attack. As well as Rooney, van Gaal can only call upon Anthony Martial as the other senior option up front, which means that unless the Dutchman is willing to throw the likes of Will Keane or Marcus Rashford in, he may be forced to use Rooney as the most advanced player in the side. 

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