Alex Ferguson is hoping for a Devon Loch style collapse of Manchester United’s noisy neighbours at the weekend.
But Wayne Rooney’s attention is elsewhere as he will have more than one eye on the May meeting at Chester this afternoon.
His horse Pippy is making his debut in a very competitive race in today’s opener at 1:35.
Costing £60,000 it might not be the most expensive ride Rooney has ever paid for, but at least Coleen knows about this one.
To be fair, Ms Rooney has probably had a hand in the dashing pink and white silks donned by jockey Richard Kingscote, who has been favourably drawn in stall five.
Pippy will line up alongside nine other horses including a couple of stable mates trained by Tom Dascombe at The Manor House Stables in Cheshire.
The stables are the sponsors of the Class 2 sprint so Rooney will certainly feel his horse has a chance of being in the frame in a race closely linked to the yard.
The Manchester United squad have no shortage of interest in the gee-gees with bench warmer Owen and the gaffer himself frequently having success on the track, and Rooney will be hoping for the same.
The Old Trafford frontman has previously done quite well in debuts and will be hoping Pippy can do the same in what is a tricky contest.
Over half of the field have already posted victories over this five furlong distance so getting their noses in front is not unfamiliar.
Some classic British weather of late also means the ground has plenty of cut in it which could cause a surprise or two throughout the day.
With winning prize money of £16,000 the competition is tough as Rooney attempts to bag a cheeky cheque to pay for his next haircut.
But at odds of 5/1 with Paddy Power Pippy, unlike his owner, appears to be quite attractive amongst the punters.