Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney happy to be main marksman

first_img1 Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney has no problem being Manchester United’s main striker next season.Rooney spent a large chunk of last season in midfield, but manager Louis van Gaal has told the 29-year-old he will be playing up front next term – Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao have both left the club.The United captain scored 15 goals last season and insists he is not fazed by the prospect of having to match or better that tally next year.“It is a position where I think I can score goals,” Rooney said.“Hopefully I can do that. I am ready to take that mantle on and be the one who gets the goals for us.”Van Gaal endured a difficult start to his reign last season, picking up just 13 points from his first 10 matches.But the Dutchman guided United back into the Champions League and Rooney believes Van Gaal’s “philosophy” has sunk into the players’ minds and that will help United challenge for the title next season.“At the beginning of last season the manager told us it would take a while to adapt to the changes,” added the England skipper.“As a group of players you don’t think it will, but towards the end of the season, from Christmas, I felt we played some great football, understood exactly what the manager wanted from us and particularly in the big games we did really well.“We can take that as positives.“It was the games we expected to win where we disappointed ourselves. We know what is expected of us and what we have to do and are positive and excited for the season.”last_img

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