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Rooney out in the cold as West Brom hold Man United

| 17.10.2010

Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United is in doubt after he was left on the bench for their 2-2 draw with West Brom.

The England striker’s relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be severely strained, with some Sunday papers even suggesting that the 24-year-old could be set for a shock move away from the club in January.

The decision to drop Rooney appeared to be vindicated as United raced into a 2-0 lead, but two sloppy goals gifted the visitors a point.

The nature of the Baggies’ equaliser was particularly galling for the hosts, coming as it did from a mistake from their usually unflappable goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar.

Manchester United are priced at 7/2 to win the Premier League title, but a third consecutive draw will be a cause of concern for Ferguson.

United are now in third place having been leapfrogged by Arsenal, who came from behind to beat Birmingham 2-1 at the Emirates.

The Gunners had Jack Wilshere sent off for a reckless lunge on Nikola Zigic, but goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh secured a valuable three points.

Arsene Wenger’s side are available at 8/1 to win their first Premier League title since 2004, and they have been lifted by Aaron Ramsey’s return to full training following his lengthy absence with a broken leg.

Second-placed Arsenal are tied with north London rivals Tottenham on 14 points. Could Spurs beat the Gunners to the title? They are 50/1 to do so. See the full Barclays Premier League Betting Odds market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.