Wayne Rooney set to be first-choice forward for Manchester United this season
Last summer, there was plenty of excitement sparked when Radamel Falcao arrived at Old Trafford on a season-long loan, while Robin van Persie working with Louis van Gaal at club level promised plenty.
However, both players have since departed Manchester United and the way is paved clear for Wayne Rooney to play centre-forward for the Red Devils, with Memphis Depay potentially operating in the number ten role behind him.
This turn of events has seen Rooney cut in the Premier League Top Scorer betting, with William Hill and Coral the last remaining bookies to offer 20/1 that the England and United captain tallies the most goals in the top flight.
While Rooney has never won the Golden Boot, it appears as though he’ll be given the opportunity to fill his boots this season, with Van Gaal deploying him in a deeper lying role last season.
The 29-year-old clearly has the potential to bag 20+ Premier League goals this season, despite managing just 12 last season. He enjoyed an explosive start to the last campaign and another purple patch in December when given the chance to lead the line rather than play behind Van Persie.
“We still have Rooney, he can play in the striker’s position, and all the media had written [he can] play there so I listened. Also Chicharito [Hernández] and maybe Wilson,” said Van Gaal. “Maybe there comes a surprise.”
Paddy Power are as short as 14/1 about Rooney who should also take penalties for United next term, with the skipper looking to spearhead a title assault after another transitional season at Old Trafford.
William Hill offer ¼ for the first four places at 20/1 which means a £10 e/w bet at these odds would yield a return of £270 (including stake) if Rooney top scored and a return of £60 (including stake) should the forward feature in the top four places.
Sergio Aguero is priced at 3/1 although might be used sparingly in the early parts of the season, with Diego Costa an 11/2 chance after finishing second in the scoring charts last term.