Wayne Rooney to miss Everton clash – and it may have been his last reunion

Published by on December 3, 2016

Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney when they travel to his old club Everton this weekend.

The England captain always relishes the chance to return to Goodison Park, the stadium in which he burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old against Arsenal.

The 31-year-old is no longer the popular figure he once was in the blue half of Merseyside, but the Toffees faithful will be denied their annual chance to scream abuse at their former hero as he’s serving a one-match ban.

Rooney picked up a fifth yellow of the season in the EFL Cup 4-1 win over West Ham, so he’ll sit this one out.

Jose Mourinho may not have started him anyway, with United only slight favourites at 21/20.

The number of draws the Red Devils are conjuring up this season is a source of perpetual frustration to the Special One, so he needs to field a starting XI with a cutting edge.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back among the goals with another two in midweek, and he’s at 8/1 to score a header.

Ronald Koeman’s side will be desperate to improve upon their poor recent form, but for Mourinho, this should also be a must-win game, as United can’t afford any more dropped points.

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