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Price Boost: Desperate Man United striker looks for first goal

| 16.02.2015

Wayne Rooney was allowed a rest when Manchester United had their first crack at Cambridge United in the last round of the FA Cup, the 0-0 draw that followed ensured he returned to the lineup for the replay and it’s unlikely he’ll be absent for the trip to Preston.

Not only do the side need him, as skipper, but he needs a goal too. Much has been made of the Englishman’s lack of them in 2015, with Opta Joe providing a helpful stat he hasn’t registered a single Premier League shot on target since celebrating the New Year.

Roy Hodgson waded into the debate, telling Louis van Gaal he had no plans of using Rooney in the midfield role the Dutchman has forced upon the 29-year-old for England, although that is unlikely to change Van Gaal’s opinion.

Whether he starts in the middle of the park or up top, a game against League One opposition presents the Red Devils captain a golden chance to break his duck.

In tune with this line of thinking, Ladbrokes have given their customers the opportunity to cash in on the end of Rooney’s drought, by boosting the player’s odds to score the first goal at Deepdale from 9/2 to 6/1.

Drought or no drought, that is a superb price for a player of Rooney’s calibre and one that should be piled into once the offer becomes available at 8am on Monday morning.

Of the 14 goals the former Toffee has scored for club and country this season, six have broken the game’s deadlock, which is a favourable ratio for anyone interested in taking up the latest Ladbrokes price boost.

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

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.