Even a decade after he left Everton, Wayne Rooney will expect to hear all the usual taunts whenever he pays a visit to Goodison Park, that’s just football.
However, having built one of the more glittering careers in modern times both for Manchester United and England since departing the Toffees as a bright-eyed teenager, the 29-year-old will not regret his decision for a single second.
Nor will the player who now has the honour of skippering his club and country flinch for one second when the crowd sling a few verbals his way.
In fact, the only thing on Rooney’s mind will be focusing on helping his teammates grab the three points on Merseyside, to ensure the Red Devils take another giant stride toward Champions League qualification, having been pegged back by Chelsea last time out.
The visiting captain hasn’t actually scored a goal at the home of his boyhood club since the 2006/07 season so he’ll be desperate to set that record straight on Sunday lunchtime.
His chances seem pretty good judging by recent form as well. Despite being shifted into a deeper role at various times by Louis van Gaal this season, Rooney has once again proved a very reliable source of goals.
He’s not hit the net in two games, but before that he had notched five United goals in seven appearances, with an international strike thrown in for good measure.
At 6/1 this looks a fine price for United’s penalty taker to put one over his former employers.
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