Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Rooney champing at the bit

Wayne Rooney is straining at the leash to be involved in Sunday's Premier League date with West Ham.
And Sir Alex Ferguson might be tempted to throw Rooney back into the action considering United's recent record in the East End.
The Hammers defeated United 1-0 in 2006 at Upton Park and won 2-1 last term and although United have beaten them twice at Old Trafford since, you can be assured Fergie will have made it known to his players that United need to set the record straight.
Rooney has missed the last five games with a hamstring problem and he will be a welcome return to a side which haven't been firing on all cylinders in attack, despite their record-breaking defensive run.
While Edwin van Der sar has kept 12 consecutive clean sheets in the top flight - and he is football odds of 1.74 to make it 13 on Sunday - nine of those games have ended goalless or 1-0.
Fergie has been patient with Rooney but the 23-year-old could be back over the weekend to add to his record of six league goals in 16 starts and help United into overdrive.
United have still bagged 40 Premier League goals in 23 games this term, but they are down on last season when the champions ended the campaign with 80 top-flight goals from their 38 games.
Carlos Tevez has started all five games since Rooney's injury against Wigan and he will be the unlucky man to drop out if Rooney is thrown in.
Another man who could also return is Patrice Evra. The French flyer has been out of action for a month with an ankle knock, but he is also on the verge of a return against the Hammers.

By Phil Tomlinson, an online sports writer for Betfair – Check them out for Cheltenham betting odds.

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