Red Devils boss wants England international in a deeper role.
Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has revealed his reluctance to take Wayne Rooney out of a central midfield position as it would present a problem for the club if he did, the Daily Mirror reports.
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Since the new year the 29-year-old has been deployed further back in midfield, and though his performances there have been impressive Van Gaal claims he has received repeated calls to move Rooney further forward.
Rooney took the place of Daley Blind in defensive midfield against Burnley following the Dutch international’s withdrawal through injury just before the break.
But Van Gaal has been impressed with the England skipper’s performances further back and hinted that he intends to keep him there for a while longer.
“I have to look for the better balance and I think until now because of Rooney, we have a better balance in midfield,” he said.
“I was very pleased how he replaced Daley Blind in the number six position.
“He showed composure and of course he was also today the Rooney that I want to see, but he has showed that he can play in every position.
“Maybe he can better play in a striker’s position but then I have a problem in midfield.”