Two weeks in American seems to have done Wayne Rooney the world of good after the Manchester United striker returned to Carrington half a stone lighter.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been impressed with the fitness of his prize asset and could be tempted to throw Rooney straight back into the starting line-up against Wigan as Dimitar Berbatov continues his barren run in front of goal.
Berbatov hasn’t scored for Man Utd since his hat-trick against Liverpool, but the return of Rooney may be the catalyst that sees the Bulgarian return to form.
With Antonio Valencia on the sidelines, Berbatov has had to rely a lot on Nani to create the goalscoring opportunities as Man Utd struggle to produce the creativity in midfield, but Rooney’s return could see both strikers starting to prosper.
Man Utd are 2/9 to beat Wigan on Saturday and should beat the Premier League strugglers at Old Trafford with or without Rooney.
If Rooney doesn’t get the nod for Saturday’s game, he is almost certain to start against Rangers next week in the Champions League as Man Utd search for the point that would guarantee qualification to the knockout stages.
With Chelsea suffering a huge blow defensively, the return of a fit Rooney will be key as Man Utd challenge for the Premier League and the Champions League.
Man Utd are currently 3/1 in the Premier League winners betting market, and 8/1 to win the Champions League, and Rooney’s goals will be crucial as Chelsea’s losses offer Man Utd a huge chance to close the three point gap between the two clubs.
With a lot to prove to the Man Utd faithful, Rooney will want to start finding the back of the net as soon as possible.
Wayne Rooney is 25/1 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer despite only playing six league games this season. See the latest Barclays Premier League football betting odds here.