Phil Jagielka has suggested that Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney finds it “difficult” when returning to Everton, the club where he started his career.
“Yes, definitely, it’s difficult for Wayne.”
“You can imagine being the age he was and him playing for the team he supported and then the big move to United. I’m sure he said a few things and did a few things as a young lad just to defend himself.
“He still gets a little bit of stick, although it has dampened down recently, but it is probably that Wayne wants to show it too much, maybe he is trying too hard when he comes back.”
Rooney has struck four times in 17 games against Everton and just twice in nine at Goodison Park and it may be that there are better anytime scorer bets than 29-year-old when the sides do battle than the United and England skipper at 6/4.
Indeed it could be that in highlighting his Three Lions’ teammate and close friend’s relative lack of prolificacy against the Toffees, Jagielka could be concerning himself with altogether the wrong former Evertonian.
Marouane Fellaini cast a long shadow over this fixture during his time on Merseyside, scoring three goals and assisting two more in nine meetings.
Those strikes included one equaliser, a goal in the 4-4 draw that played a part in United losing the title to Manchester City on goal difference in 2011/12 and a Goodison Park winner the season afterwards.
Having played an 11-minute cameo in the Reds’ 2-1 win earlier in the season, the Belgian looks sure to start against his old club, having done so for the last seven games in succession.
Fellaini’s position as 9/4 fourth-favourite in the anytime scorer betting is testament to net-bulging prowess that has seen him strike twice inside his last five appearances.
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