Premier League: Everton v Manchester United Team News
Wayne Rooney returns to Goodison Park where his career began expecting a barrage of hostile abuse from the fans that once adored him.
Heckling returning players is par for the course with fans these days, but in light of recent newspaper allegations about Rooney, the Scouse crowd has been provided additional ammunition.
Online bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers and cash back offers on today’s televised Premier League game which kicks off at 12.45.
Rooney can quiet the Everton crowd with a goal and he is available at odds of 17/4 with Victor Chandler to score the first goal of the game.
David Moyes’ men handed United a severe 3-1 beating in last season’s corresponding fixture and no team finds it easy going to Goodison, where Everton are unbeaten in the last thirteen Premier League games.
Everton are available at odds of 7/2 with Stan James to win this fixture again today.
Moyes is without striker Louis Saha for three weeks with a calf injury and with Yakubu not match sharp, having recovered from a similar injury, Tim Cahill is likely to be deployed up front with Jermaine Beckford.
Striker Victor Anechebe and midfield captain, Phil Neville may start on the bench also having recently recovered from knocks.
Jack Rodwell is out until December with an ankle injury.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be delighted with the return of Rio Ferdinand after his knee injury and he could feature from the start.
Midfielder Michael Carrick suffered a re-occurrence of an Achillies injury and is out for the next three weeks.
The return of Brazilian midfielder Anderson is delayed after he picked up a knock in the reserves, although not serious, he won’t be risked having recently received the all clear on his knee.
Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia will start on the bench having returned from international duty on Thursday.
Possible Starting Line Ups:
EVERTON: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Bilyaletdinov, Fellaini, Arteta, Pienaar, Cahill, Beckford.
MANCHESTER UNITED: Van Der Sar, O’Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov.