Rooney wants striker role at Manchester United

Updated: Jun 06, 2013, 09:15 AM IST

London: Wayne Rooney has told Manchester United that he wants to play as a striker next season if he decides to stay at Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old spent much of the previous campaign in a slightly withdrawn role behind Robin van Persie following his arrival and was occasionally deployed in midfield by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rooney`s disillusionment with the lack of playing time up front prompted him to hand in a transfer request, with the England international to give serious consideration to a summer switch to Arsenal.

But with his former Everton manager David Moyes set to take up the managerial reins at United, the Croxteth-born forward hinted that he could stay at the club, while reiterating his desire to play in his natural position.

"In the years to come, that might be somewhere I could play, but, right now, I`m definitely a centre-forward. I`m after more goals," Rooney said in an interview with FourFourTwo.

"I`ve played up front on my own a few times for Manchester United and it`s a role I`m very comfortable with and have no problems playing.

"When you play as a target man, you have to stay up front and help the team out by holding the ball up and waiting for support. That all comes with experience.

"It`s a good role for me to play, and hopefully I can continue doing well there."