RVP back with United as Rooney faces bleak future

David Moyes’ plans to recruit a new attacking midfield player and confirmation that Robin van Persie will start the season as Manchester United’s preferred centre forward has raised fresh question marks over Wayne Rooney’s future at Old Trafford.
Straight into the action- Robin van Persie warms up alongside United coach Phil Neville in Sydney, hours after arriving for the second leg of the club’s pre-season tour.  Net photo.
Straight into the action- Robin van Persie warms up alongside United coach Phil Neville in Sydney, hours after arriving for the second leg of the club’s pre-season tour. Net photo.

David Moyes’ plans to recruit a new attacking midfield player and confirmation that Robin van Persie will start the season as Manchester United’s preferred centre forward has raised fresh question marks over Wayne Rooney’s future at Old Trafford.

It is understood that Moyes is still keen to bring Cesc Fabregas to United from Barcelona if possible or at the very least a skilful alternative.

With the new United manager understood to be keen to play Japanese international Shinji Kagawa as a ‘number ten’ behind a central striker, Rooney will be left wondering where he will fit in next season.

In interviews given in Asia over the weekend, Moyes has re-iterated his desire to keep Rooney, who left United’s pre-season tour last week with a hamstring injury.

He has also underlined that he feels the 27-year-old is important to his team.

However, with United chief executive Ed Woodward stressing that the club has no immediate plans to talk to Rooney about a new contract - he has only two years left on his current deal - it is easy to understood why the England international still feels unsettled after the trials and tribulations of last season.

Moyes said: ‘Overall my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we get an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him.

‘Wayne has a major role to play because we need to try and get him as many goals as we possibly can.

‘Wayne can play up-top, I think he can play dropped in.

‘I want to be able to play the two of them, I want to be able to use Danny Welbeck, Chicharito [Javier Hernandez] as well.

‘I want to try and give myself as many options as possible” Moyes’ preference during his time at Everton was to play one traditional centre forward. At United it would appear that man is likely to be last season’s leading goal scorer Van Persie.

Rooney has always seen himself as a traditional striker, a position he felt he was not allowed to play as often as he would like during his years under Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson. He has hoped that Moyes would restore him to that role.

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