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Man Utd ace boosted for opener against favoured opponents

| 08.02.2015

The old sporting saying ‘horses for courses’ was never more apt than when looking for potential Manchester United goalscorers for their late Sunday kick-off at West Ham.

A certain player going by the name of Wayne Rooney has been an absolute scourge in Hammers’ sides both home and away in the Premier League, notching no fewer than 10 times in his last nine appearances against the east-London side.

Such stats make Ladbrokes’ latest offer on Rooney a brave one.

The firm are boosting United’s number 10 from 6/1, out to 8/1 to break the deadlock at the Boleyn Ground for the last of three televised Premier League matches on Sunday.

Those with fairly good memories will remember that Rooney was in fact the man to get the scoring ball rolling at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture, before a moment of madness saw the England skipper sent off later in the same game.

And those punters with even more powers of recall in the old grey cells should remember that a Rooney brace gave the Red Devils a 2-0 away victory in this fixture last season.

Having been shifted into a slightly deeper role under Louis van Gaal in recent times, Rooney hasn’t actually added to his 14 goals for club and country in his last seven outings.

However, the sight of West Ham, who United have beaten in 11 of their last 12 meetings, couldn’t present a better opportunity to end that barren spell.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.