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Published: 10:34 | 18/5/16

Rooney: My future is in midfield


Wayne Rooney believes his future lies in midfield after impressing in the role in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Rooney adopted a deeper role for United in their final Premier League game of the season and earned the man of the match award after opening the scoring and providing an assist as the Red Devils secured fifth place in the table.

The 30-year-old has previously said he expects to move into a deeper role in the latter stages of his career and, while Roy Hodgson is likely to play him in attack, the United captain believes he may play predominantly as a midfielder in the future.

"I think sometimes you have to make choices in your career, and at the minute it is probably better for me to play deeper," Rooney said.

"Now obviously it is a bit different with England, still being a striker for England. But certainly after that [Euro 2016], for next season, that [midfield] is probably where I see myself playing."

United finished level on points with Manchester City but they missed out on Champions League qualification thanks to their neighbour's superior goal difference.

It was a disappointing end to the season but Rooney admits they can have no complaints at finishing outside the top four.

"It is the worst amount of goals since 1990. We haven’t scored enough goals this season. In the Premier League, after 38 games, you finish where you deserve to finish. There are no complaints from us as players. We weren’t good enough to finish in the top four this season and we need to improve on that next season," Rooney said.

"Of course a club of this size, with this history, we want to be playing in the biggest competition. It is very disappointing not to make it, but we’ve got to pull ourselves together for the game on Saturday. Hopefully we can end the season on a high."

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