Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fergie Admits United 'Misused' Rooney Last Term

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fergie Admits United 'Misused' Rooney Last Term

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SIR ALEX FERGUSON has admitted Wayne Rooney's willingness to play out of position resulted in him not being used properly last season.

Rooney took his outstanding domestic performances onto the European stage on Tuesday with his brilliant two-goal performance against AC Milan in the San Siro.

Such are the high standards being achieved by the 24-year-old that many pundits claim he deserves to be ranked alongside Kaka, Lionel Messi and former United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who are widely acknowledged to be the best three players in the world.

It is, perhaps, no surprise that Rooney is blossoming in his preferred attacking role following Ronaldo's exit for Real Madrid last summer.

With Ronaldo increasingly reluctant to defend, Ferguson accepts he took advantage of Rooney's willingness to work as he tried to forge another title-winning side.

"We probably didn't use him properly last season," Ferguson said today. "We probably exploited his eagerness and enthusiasm to play anywhere. …

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