Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney admits nobody knows his best position, but believes his game has changed for the better during his time at Old Trafford.
Rooney has played in a variety of positions for United since signing from Everton in 2004, including out wide and as a No.10, and gradually changed his style under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson by cutting dribbling out of his game.
Rooney was handed the club captaincy by Louis van Gaal in the summer but after starting the season up front he was used in a No.10 role on Sunday after the Dutchman revealed he was not a fan of the 28-year-old’s work as a striker.
With the loan signing of Radamel Falcao casting further doubt on his future as the focal point of United’s attack, Rooney insists he is happy to play anywhere.
“I’m not the player I was,” Rooney said. “But I feel I have progressed my game. I agree with the people who say my game has changed.
“I did too much running when I was younger and then didn’t have the energy to get myself into goal-scoring positions in the box.
“I’m a cleverer [sic] player now and know when to run into the box and when not to, and as a result more chances have come my way and I’ve scored a lot more goals for the club.
“But I am happy to play out wide. I can do a job there and I can do a job up front. It depends on the situation of each game and what the manager wants me to do.
“I don’t think anyone can put a finger on my best position, but I am adaptable. I can go into midfield, drop out wide or play up-front. It just depends on where the manager wants me to play.”
Ahead of Sunday’s 5-3 defeat to Leicester, Van Gaal himself admitted that Falcao provides a better option than Rooney.
“We have played well, but can improve, and I was not so satisfied with Rooney as a striker and [Juan] Mata as midfielder,” he told Sky Sports.
“That is why I changed. Rooney can play in more positions, he’s a multi-functional player and I have tried him in a striker’s position.
“He has played well, but not spectacular. Falcao is a striker and I think he can do it better.”