San Jose - Wayne Rooney, who led the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation for 45 minutes
against Club America in Seattle on Friday, is relishing the chance to stake a
claim to the striker's role.
"My best position, and I have always said it, is as a
striker, getting into the box," Rooney told British media.
"And the two seasons I have really done that as a lone
striker have been my two best goalscoring seasons.
"It is where the manager and myself see my best position.
"Hopefully I can get a good run of games and repay the
manager and score goals for the team, but it is obviously on me to do that.
"I have no doubts that I can score 20 goals or more again and
I am ready to take on that mantle and be the one who gets the goals for this
"If I play up there again this season, then I can get the
goals. It is where I like and it is where I will play."
Rooney has set himself a target of scoring more than 20 goals for
United this season after finding the net just 14 times last year in all
competitions, his lowest return since joining United from Everton in 2004.
The 29-year-old believes his goalscoring record for England
suggests he will provide United with a potent threat following the departures
of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.
"I have played different roles over the years for United, but
you only have to look when I play for England as a striker, I score
goals," Rooney said.
"I hope to score 20 or more goals again this season. If I am
playing as a striker, I will be disappointed if I cannot that do that.
"The last time I really played the full season as a striker
was 2011-12. All the other seasons, I have been up front, then in midfield or
out wide, so hopefully I will stay up front."