Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wayne Rooney: the position switch, from Harry to Ron

Sir Alex Ferguson is not a stupid man, so when he plays a player ‘out of position’, it’s because he knows best. He moved Alan Smith from a top goalscorer to a committed central midfielder when he transferred to Manchester United just under a decade ago and a similar transition is taking place with Wayne Rooney now. Though Smith and Rooney were different types of strikers, and will be different types of midfielders, it is worth noting that this is not a radically new strategy from Ferguson and that these types of experiments tend to work out for the best. Continue reading