Manchester United may have signed Memphis Depay in the week, but the Red Devils seriously need to halt a wretched run of form in the Premier League to make absolutely certain their latest Dutch import will be playing Champions League football next season.
It’s three defeats on the spin for Louis Van Gaal’s charges, whose lead over bitter rivals Liverpool in fifth has been reduced to four points with three games left to play.
Panic stations have not yet been reached though and next up the top-four hopefuls have a great chance to restore order as they face a Crystal Palace in a similar slump, who’ve struggled at Selhurst Park all season.
Alan Pardew’s men are also staring at a fourth consecutive league defeat and have only won five of 17 at home all season in the top flight, losing nine of those.
In the Manchester United ranks, one of the ‘world class’ players new signing Depay is excited about playing alongside, is skipper Wayne Rooney.
The England striker has gone four games without a goal, but had notched seven in 10 for club and country before that, and he’s boosted by Ladbrokes to grab the first goal of the contest.
Rooney will be available at 9/2, from an original mark of 7/2, to set the scoring wheels in motion south of the Thames.
No one will be as pumped as United’s captain to begin the revival and encouragingly he was deployed back at the sharp end of the pitch, rather than in midfield, against West Brom last time out.
Rooney came very close to scoring against the Baggies and after Robin Van Persie’s miss from the spot, backers of this bet should benefit from the added bonus that the number 10 is back on penalty duty.
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