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Man United like to follow World Cups with a League win

| 15.07.2010

Sir Alex Ferguson seems convinced that Wayne Rooney will bounce back from his nightmarish World Cup. He said this in a recent interview on the matter:

“I don’t expect a hangover. I think there’ll still be a bit of disappointment in the lad.”

“I think all the players coming back from the World Cup who didn’t do well, who didn’t reach their expectations may I say, will feel that they’ve missed something.”  

“That’s because the World Cup’s only once every four years. That’s the horrible part of that tournament. We have several players who have come back very, very disappointed.”

“We’ve Patrice Evra for instance, Wayne Rooney of course, and Nemanja Vidic.” 

Either way, if history is anything to go by, then the Man United boss certainly has reason to be confident.

With the exception of the 1994 World Cup – on the grounds that England didn’t feature – Man United always seem to do very well in the Premier League following the tournament.

England did, of course, feature at the World Cup in 1998, 2002, and 2006, and on each occasion Man United went on to be crowned Premier League Champions just under a year later – in 1998/99, 2002/03, 2006/07.

Interestingly, on all three occasions, the wins can not simply be put down to a continuation of United’s league dominance, because on each occasion they had lost out on Premier League glory to another team in the build up to the World Cup.

To Arsenal in 1997/98 and 2001/02, and Chelsea in 2005/06.

Were they to continue this trend and win once again in a post-World Cup campaign, you can currently get them at rather tempting odds of 7/4.

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Ed Needham