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02/11/2011 23:00, Report by Mark Froggatt

Rooney: I can play anywhere

Wayne Rooney believes he has enough talent to play in any position after producing an impressive midfield performance during United’s 2-0 win over Otelul Galati in the UEFA Champions League.

The Reds striker was something of a surprise choice in Sir Alex Ferguson’s midfield four, operating alongside Anderson in a central role with Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov up front.

Rooney feels he has the tools to succeed in his new role, commenting: “I’ve said it before, I’m a good enough footballer to play anywhere on the pitch. That’s not being big headed. I feel I’m capable of doing that. If the manager wants me to play there, I’ve no problem doing that.

“I played there a lot [in midfield] when I was younger. You get a lot of the ball there and we had to defend as well at times tonight. If the manager asks me to do it, I’m happy to do it. I don’t know if it’s long term, that’s down to the manager, so we’ll see what he decides.”

United were forced to overcome a Galati team designed to frustrate with an efficient, well-organised defensive display. The Reds’ attacking quality shone through in the end, though, when an own goal

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"I’ve said before, I’m a good enough footballer to play anywhere on the pitch. That’s not being big headed. I feel I’m capable of doing that. If the manager wants me to play there, I’ve no problem doing that."

- Wayne Rooney

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