Date: 19th July 2011 at 1:03am
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Scholes and Rooney

The master and the apprentice?

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Wayne Rooney could be more of a midfield option next season, although not in the same vein as Paul Scholes.

Many Reds believe that Rooney’s displays behind Chicharito towards the latter part of last season make him an ideal candidate for an attacking midfielder role next season, or maybe even as a conventional CM.

Speaking to the Mail Sir Alex commented that while he thinks Rooney could have a role in the centre of the park, it won’t be as some form of Scholes replacement.

The Mail reports: Q: Scholes has said Wayne Rooney could fill his role. Do you agree?

Sir Alex: “Scholesy is being very generous there. He’s under-estimating himself and the value he had to us. Wayne could play centre midfield but not the way that Scholesy played it. They are too different.

“The way that Wayne would play as opposed to Scholesy is that he would be more dynamic and all over the place, using his energy to run everywhere, challenge and hit those crossfield passes that he’s terrific at. But Scholes was more calculated and he always had that control about him, controlling the speed and pace of a game, which is pretty difficult to do. He was an absolute one-off. You will never replace Scholes. ”

With no end in sight, just yet, to the Wesley Sneijder transfer saga, it’s becoming increasingly likely that it may well be one of United’s current squad that’s tasked with the job of filling the void left by Scholes. One things for sure, if Rooney is moved to central midfield expect we can expect a different type of player to the Ginger Prince.

Check out Fergie’s full interview with the Mail: HERE

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