Manchester - Wayne Rooney may drop back to play as a holding midfielder for Manchester United to solve an injury crisis that has struck the squad for Saturday's Premier League game against Chelsea.
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Daley Blind (ankle) and Michael Carrick (calf), United's two options as holding midfielders, will both miss the game because of injury.
Rooney played in midfield earlier this season as a stop-gap measure but has been in superb form since returning to his usual position as striker in mid-February, scoring six goals in nine games. Rooney's form has been a key factor behind United's run of six straight league wins that has lifted the team to third place.
United manager Louis van Gaal said Friday "I don't have many choices" other than playing Rooney as a defensive midfielder.