Rooney delighted with forward role

The United and England captain was often deployed inside a midfield function by manager Louis van Gaal final season, but is anticipated to start the new campaign because the club’s central striker following the departures of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie during the summer season.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s International Champions Cup match with Barcelona, Rooney, who scored just 12 Premier League targets last season, insists he was happy to take the weight of goalscoring expectation on his shoulders.

“The key striker is actually a position I believe I can score ambitions from. I am ready to take that mantle on and attempt to become the one to score the targets for us,” the 29-year-old said.

“I have no individual targets. I am operating on receiving match and ready for the start out in the season. I’ve never ever been one to set personal targets. I just choose to aid the group.”

Though there have already been no new additions to the United forward line this summer season, Van Gaal has bolstered his squad with the signings of midfielders Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and defender Matteo Darmian.

Rooney admits he is doing all he can to assist the new recruits settle in, but insists the onus is on them to demonstrate their worth to United.

“I’ve been trying to help the new players settle in. However the ones we’ve brought in are experienced and profitable and I’m certain they’ll bring lots to the team,” he added.

“I can attempt to assist them learn regarding the history of the club and what is expected. But it’s as much as them to prove themselves.”

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