Should Wayne Rooney lead the line for Manchester United this season?

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Louis van Gaal says Wayne Rooney will be Manchester United’s main man up front this season. We check the stats to see whether they are right to back the England skipper…

The Wayne Rooney midfield experiment appears to be over. Having deployed the 29-year-old in an unfamiliar deep role for much of last season,Louis van Gaal will restore Rooney to striker this season – and history suggests it could be a smart decision.

Robin van Persie’s move to Fenerbahce and the expiry of Radamel Falcao’s loan from Monaco have cleared the way for Rooney, who has not been trusted to lead the line for the entirety of a campaign since 2011/12, despite a record of 230 goals in 479 appearances for United.

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