Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville: Wayne Wanted Midfield Move but Mourinho's

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville: Wayne Wanted Midfield Move but Mourinho's

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GARY Neville believes Jose Mourinho has thrown a 'spanner in the works' by refusing to consider United captain Wayne Rooney as a midfielder.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford's form last season caused Louis van Gaal to restore Rooney to the United side in midfield once he returned from injury, and the 30-year-old performed particularly well there in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton.

Rooney considered the transition to be permanent, lining up for England in his new role during their humiliating Euro 2016 campaign, however Mourinho considers Rooney to be a No.10 and Neville insists a fixed position could help Rooney, who has played in a number of roles throughout his career.

"I don't think the transition has happened fully yet," Neville said on Monday Night Football. …

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