Wayne Rooney returns to the Premier League for the first time since the allegations surrounding his private life surfaced, and Everton fans will be eagerly anticipating his return.
After starring for England in midweek, Phil Jagielka believes his international team-mate is in for a heated homecoming on Saturday lunchtime, but is sure Rooney will be able to deal with it.
The tabloid accusations levelled at Rooney will be sure to increase the level of malice the striker can expect, since the Evertonian’s still haven’t forgiven him after leaving for Manchester United in 2004.
“He normally gets quite a bit of stick anyway, I can’t see that changing,” said Jagielka, “He is a tough lad and he will let his football do the talking.”
Rooney broke his goal drought in United’s win against West Ham from the penalty spot and he will be hoping to add to the two goals he has against Everton in the colours of United – he is 4/5 to score anytime.
Everton won this fixture last season 3-1 and are unbeaten in their last 13 at Goodison Park, and at may be considered good value by some at 10/3.
In their six away games since that fixture, Manchester United have kept five clean sheets and with the possible return of Rio Ferdinand, they will be hoping to continue that run and are 5/4 to keep a clean sheet.
Only Blackburn have stopped United from scoring in their last 24 Premier League games and David Moyes knows he’ll have to keep United’s attacking threat quiet if Everton want to register their first win of the season.
Manchester United are 5/6 to win at Goodison Park with the draw 5/2. See the full Everton vs Manchester United betting market here.