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