With the dust settling after Wayne Rooney’s omission from Manchester United’s starting line-up against Real Madrid, the forward is heavily favoured at 1/3 to start United’s next game opposing Chelsea.
Sir Alex Ferguson now has only domestic ventures to focus on, having been controversially eliminated from the Champions League in the aforementioned tie with Real.
And whilst his decision to leave Rooney out of that match indicated that the 27-year-old could move on this summer, it looks as though he’ll play a big part for United between now and the end of the season at least.
As such, taking the 1/1 odds that Rooney scores more than 4.5 Premier League goals prior to the campaign’s end looks a wise move.
Although he has been arguably overshadowed by Robin Van Persie this term, Rooney has still chipped in with 14 goals in all competitions, no mean feat considering he has often been utilised in a deeper role.
He has struck four times in his last five league outings too, suggesting there is nothing wrong with his current form, and if he is given the opportunity to play, he should surpass the 4.5 goal total.
Those who feel that task is beyond Rooney though can have 8/11 he scores less than 4.5 goals before the season closes, whilst bigger prices are attributed to his longer term future.
Punters who feel the former Everton man has played his last game for United can have 100/1 that he never kicks a ball for the Old Trafford outfit again, whilst it is a more realistic 5/2 he leaves in the next transfer window.
And 16/1 is available regarding the possibility of Rooney being replaced by Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford in the close-season.
While it seems likely that Ronaldo could return to Manchester one day, it seems far-fetched to suggest he will leave Madrid this summer, especially with two years remaining on his Bernabeu deal.
So a more sensible move could be to bet on Rooney’s next destination, with the 3/1 on PSG seeing much attention so far.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.