ROON JUST CHAM­PION FOR UNITED Robbo: Top four hopes rest on striker

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MANCH­ESTER UNITED leg­end Bryan Rob­son is sure Wayne Rooney will score the goals to seal a Cham­pi­ons League spot – if he stays up front.

Rooney took his to­tal for the sea­son to 13 as he helped shoot down top-four ri­vals Tot­ten­ham in an im­pres­sive 3-0 win at Old Traf­ford on Sun­day.

That made it five goals in six games since he was re­stored to an at­tack­ing po­si­tion, while Robin van Per­sie nurses an an­kle in­jury and flop Radamel Fal­cao warms the bench.

And Rob­son – who scored 99 goals in 461 games for the Red Devils be­tween 1981 and 1994 – thinks the cur­rent United skip­per needs to stay there.

“I like to see Wayne Rooney up front,” he said.

“When you have Robin van Per­sie fit, there’s no rea­son why Wayne can’t be ef­fec­tive in mid­field.

“But what I like about Wayne be­ing back up there is that he can al­ways cre­ate a goal and he can al­ways score a goal. That’s where he’s most danger­ous.

“When he goes into mid­field he for­gets about scor­ing and wants to link passes to­gether. He hits great passes but he for­gets BENCH-WARMER: Radamel Fal­cao that from mid­field you can score a goal as well.

“That’s why I like to see him up front.”

Rob­son has also praised Rooney’s grow­ing ma­tu­rity af­ter be­ing handed the cap­tain’s arm­band.

And the for­mer Eng­land skip­per was also happy to see Rooney’s “knock­out” cel­e­bra­tion af­ter he scored against Tot­ten­ham.

Rob­son added: “I thought it was hi­lar­i­ous! When he did it I couldn’t stop laugh­ing. Some­one said to me be­fore the game, ‘ Do you think it will af­fect Wayne’s per­for­mance, all this pub­lic­ity?’

“He will have thought about it and won­dered if he would get bad pub­lic­ity or would it just blow away.

“But as soon as the game kicked off, I said he’ll be con­cen­trat­ing on the game and noth­ing else.

“In a way I was wrong be­cause he cel­e­brated like that, but his per­for­mance was there for all to see.”

Rob­son was speak­ing at the launch of the bwin Manch­ester United Casino. IN­JURED: Robin van


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