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Wayne Rooney will finally get up and running against Newcastle

21 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Wayne Rooney will finally get up and running against Newcastle

The Manchester United captain relishes playing the Magpies - he has too much talent and desire to not start scoring again soon

Being scrutinised and lamented is what Wayne Rooney has to endure for being England’s best – and most famous – footballer.

He is probably used to it by now.

It is peculiar how eager some people are to question the calibre of a player who has achieved so much – both personally and professionally – in his career over a such prolonged period of time.

Rooney – the third-highest scorer in Premier League history – is one of the few players whose contribution shouldn’t be doubted.

Now in his 14th year as a professional footballer at the highest level, the 29-year-old is like an old car with several thousands of miles on the clock. He takes a little while to get up and running.

His start to the season has been spluttering – the heavy first touch and blunted instincts are unsightly, while the panache of his exuberant youth has long gone – but he is reliable and will come good.

It is likely to be on Saturday lunchtime.

Rooney, who has always scored in clusters throughout his career, relishes playing against Newcastle.

The United and England captain has scored 11 goals in his last 17 matches against the Magpies, including twice against them at Old Trafford last season.

That was despite him playing in midfield and he is 9/2 to notch a brace this time around.

Unlike the Premier League games against Tottenham and Aston Villa, it is unthinkable that he will be starved of chances against a Steve McLaren side that has conceded four goals in two games.

The visitors’ record away from home is dire. They have lost their last seven away fixtures, failing to score in six of those.

United rediscovered some of their old flair in the 3-1 Champions League play-off victory against Club Brugge in midweek and are 2/1 to win both halves on Saturday.

It is not just Rooney who is going to be eager to get on the scoresheet.

Memphis Depay produced a sensational match-winning performance against the Belgian side – scoring his first two goals for the club before setting up the third – and will be determined to prove his quality against domestic opposition.

The Red Devils’ new No. 7 is 6/1 to score first in a United victory.

Depay, having been restored to his favoured position on the left-wing, would have expected to face his international team-mate Daryl Janmaat.

The right-back is suspended, however, following his red card against Swansea last weekend.

McLaren has called for his side to improve their discipline, particularly £13m summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Mitrovic marked his first two appearances for the club with yellow cards and the Serbian has been urged to show more control.

The 20-year-old scored 28 times for previous club Anderlecht last season, suggesting he is more than capable of troubling a United side that is yet to concede in the league.

Mitrovic is 6/1 to breach their defence for the first time by scoring Newcastle’s opening goal.

But the striker likely to be decisive is Rooney, who simply has too much talent and desire to not start scoring again soon.

The former boy wonder should end this season as United and England’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Not bad for a player continuously labelled as overrated and past his best.

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