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Rooney Confident of Filling Gap

Wayne Rooney feels he can be the player to compensate for the loss of attacking talent at Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 84 Premier League goals for United, is set to complete his £80million transfer to Real Madrid this week.

Furthermore, Argentine star Carlos Tevez has rebuffed an offer from the Red Devils to prolong his two-year stay at Old Trafford.

Rooney is hopeful manager Sir Alex Ferguson will reinforce the squad this summer but is also keen to be spearhead his side’s attack next season.


The 23 year old Englishman is confident of stepping up for Manchester United this season.

England international Rooney has often been deployed out wide under Ferguson, despite the forward feeling he shines when given a duty in the centre.

Key players

“We’ve lost two key players and obviously I hope we can get a few players in,” Rooney told The Times.

“Between them Cristiano and Carlos scored a lot of goals for us last season and the season before, but I would like to think I’m capable of filling that gap.

“I’ve said before that, if I can play in my right position, I’m capable of doing that.”

He added: “I want to play in the position where I feel I’m best. A lot of people think I’m best as a centre forward.

“To play in a UEFA Champions League final and to play week in, week out for Manchester United is a privilege and it’s something I’m very lucky to be doing, but I don’t think playing on the wing I can express myself as much as I like to.”

Analysis:  Can Rooney fill the void left by Ronaldo and Tevez?  Those are certainly some large boots to fill, but it might be possible.  To me, so much depends on who SAF signs as his backup.  It’s possible that Berbatov just needs some time to settle at United, but he’s been in the Premier League for three years and knows how things work.  He wasn’t up to snuff for United last season, especially when one considers he was a £30m investment.  The walking greaseball will be given more chances early on next season, but if he doesn’t perform, expect him on the bench.  But I have a hard time seeing someone as stubborn as SAF sell someone in January who cost him so much, so early. United are being linked, as always, with some big names around Europe.  I hear Valencia (supposedly a done deal), Benzema, Ribery and even Aguero could be potential Reds next fall.  But the likely hood of any of the coming seems slim.


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