Manchester United chief issues Rooney hint

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney’s ‘brilliant’ display at Stoke could see him play in midfield again for Manchester United, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Red Devils boss lifted the lid on his decision to push the England international into a deeper midfield role alongside Michael Carrick in the 2-0 win against the Potters at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Scot claimed he did it to help Rooney get some confidence back into his game following some disappointing performances in attacking positions over the past few weeks.

Ferguson stopped short of saying he would keep playing Rooney in a midfield role permanently, but admitted that he could line up there again between now and the summer after he picked up the man-of-the-match award.

He said: “I thought he was brilliant.

“I think he was possibly needing a different role in terms of getting his confidence back.

“He’s been getting a little bit of criticism, not seriously so, but a few doubters. He’s a fantastic player and our job is to get his confidence and form back.

“I thought a spell in midfield today would do him the world of good and, of course, it worked for us.”

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