Sir Alex Ferguson has again confirmed that Wayne Rooney will be playing a central role next season, after being forced out on to the left last season to accommodate the 4-3-3 formation.

Whilst we’ll be needing Rooney to score more goals in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, the manager doesn’t think that responsibility will bother Wayne.

“I don’t think the responsibility of getting more goals will affect Wayne at all,” said Ferguson. “He’s got the mental strength for all that kind of thing. He’s proved that time and time again. He will be used as a central striker this season. He goes on these bursts of goals. Last season I think he hit seven in a row at one point – but if he can do that more consistently over the season, he will get to 25 and above. But Wayne is a totally different type of player to Ronaldo. I don’t think you can compare them, they are such different types.”

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