If you read the papers in the aftermath of Man Utd’s boringly simple win over Rangers at Ibrox, then Wayne Rooney is about to pillage Blackburn, score seven goals and walk away with the severed head of Sam Allardyce. He’s not, but you could be mistaken for thinking as much from the over the top reaction to his getting on the scoresheet for the first time since the beginning of murmurs about his imaginary ankle problem. His decisive penalty got the bulk of the attention, but in truth, the vast majority of his display was typical of the out of touch, untidy and overly eager to impress Rooney we’ve season over the last few months.
There’s no doubt that Rooney will return to form at some stage, but at present he’s going through what every player who’s spent the last few weeks doing nothing in Dubai will go through. Blackburn should have little to fear from Rooney at present and despite Man Utd somehow remaining undefeated so far this season, thoughts of the visitors claiming a point @ 9/2 from their trip to Old Trafford aren’t without foundation.
Obviously it’s not going to be easy, but plenty of sides have shown that with discipline and organisation, United can be foiled – even West Brom managed it. There’s uncertainty in the defence and Rovers are well equipped to exploit it. Morten Gamst Pedersen has been in fine form in recent weeks and he’s done some real damage at Old Trafford before. He’s unlikely to match the brace he got in Blackburn’s last victory in the red side of Manchester – although it’s a 75/1 shot if you think otherwise – but he can still have a huge influence on the game. His pinpoint delivery from set-pieces will give United’s fragile defence plenty to worry about and it’s worth looking at the main sources of Blackburn’s aerial threat. Christopher Samba is 9/1 to score a goal at anytime or if you’re feeling a little braver, 25/1 to score the first goal of the game.
Of course United will pose a major threat, even if Wayne Rooney looks about as sharp bean bag sofa and don’t be surprised if he grabs a goal just to confound our grim appraisal of his midweek performance. He’s 3/1 to be first goalscorer and although it won’t make you rich, the fact that we’ve dissed him probably guarantees it’ll happen.
Looking at Correct Score options will depend on how you few United’s performances this season. They’ve undoubtedly been dogged, but rarely impressive. If you’ve got a 6th sense [presuming you’ve already got five – apologies if you don’t] for when United are about to hit top form, then something like a 3-0 win @ 7/1 feels like something that could happen. If you fancy United to draw their 8th game of their Premier League campaign, then something like a 2-2 Draw @ 19/1 will have some appeal.
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