Man United legend blasts Rooney’s role in Van Gaal’s tactics

Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke has stated that Wayne Rooney’s scoring talent is being wasted in midfield and it could be time to move him further up the pitch, Express reports.

The 29-year-old club captain is often deployed as a central midfielder and lately as a winger – which was the case during the club’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United – and Yorke insists it is a tactical selection that is wasting his attacking talents.

With Rooney often preferring to play as a striker or in the number 10 role, his switch to midfield has resulted in the Red Devils front-line lacking any bite in the attacking third.

“Rooney’s position was not right, he was playing as a defensive midfield player. There’s a lack of buzz about United,” said Yorke.

“The ball is not being fizzed around. The movement is lacksadaisical. The front players are too static for my liking.

“There’s not enough movement to create space. The strikers are too easy for defenders to play against.”

Both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao have failed to replicate any sort of previous form the pair once had, with United often being unable to find the net.

And although Van Gaal is backing the England international to shine in the middle of the park, a number of former players and fans seem to be against the manager’s latest plan in his attempts to guide the club to a top four finish.


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