Wayne Rooney has managed to shake off a niggling foot injury, put down his Playstation controller after having October off, and now the striker has his eyes set on returning for Manchester United this weekend. The United captain is on course to make a return against Manchester City after his three-game ban to bolster Louis van Gaal’s attacking options.
Rooney is the all-time top scorer in Manchester derbies with 11 goals to his name, and that’s the kind of stat that gives the United faithful hope of overcoming the odds.
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Rooney’s return will give Louis van Gaal’s another boost after their late, late comeback to snatch a point off league leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford. The striker has plenty of experience in Manchester derbies, featuring in 21 of them in his career, winning 12, drawing two and losing seven.
At the Etihad Stadium he has opened the scoring in three of the last eight derby games and plenty of punters will fancy him to do so again at odds of 8/1. On the blue side of the city Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero will be doing their best to heap a bit more misery onto their nearest but least dearest. Both frontmen have form in Manchester derbies, finding the onion bag with frightening regularity.
Serg has five goals in six appearances, averaging a goal every 90 minutes, while Dzeko has also got five goals in six games, but as most of those appearances have been of the bench, he actually averages a derby goal every 48 minutes. One of the most impressive records to come out of Manchester since Stone Roses released their debut album.
According to our trading wizards on the second floor, Sergio Aguero is the most likely player to open the scoring on Sunday at odds of 4/1. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist, to figure out that’s because he has nine goals in nine league games this term.
Dzeko is an 11/2 shot despite scoring just twice in the league this season – a brace away to Hull City. Hardly prolific, but it took him just 43 seconds to score in the last Manchester Derby so we’re certainly not going to look mightily foolish by writing him off.
Can Rooney’s return halt the Blue Moon rising over Manchester – temporarily at least?
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