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Back captain Rooney to lead Red Devils by example in PL opener

| 15.08.2014

Fancy a flutter on Manchester United to make the big Premier League kick-off interesting? Then Coral have just the bet for you.

New and existing customers can enjoy special odds of 2/1 for new Red Devils skipper Wayne Rooney scoring anytime and a home win at Old Trafford over Swansea City happening, with a maximum stake of £20. Here’s why you should take advantage of this awesome bet.

Louis van Gaal has placed faith in Rooney to lead his team into a new era of prosperity, following the disastrous succession to Sir Alex Ferguson made by David Moyes. The Dutch boss has good reason to be optimistic, because his new captain has scored four times for United on the opening day.

While a change of tactics, to 3-4-1-2, and manager looks to have strengthened the Red Devils, upcoming opponents Swansea have endured an exodus of Spanish stars. Former top scorer Michu, creative midfield pair Pablo Hernandez and Alejandro Pozuelo, and defender Chico Flores have all departed south Wales, with anchorman Jose Canas also expected to follow suit.

Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, who hit 25 goals in all competitions for the Swans last term, has consistently been linked with a move away, meanwhile. Wales left back Ben Davies and number one Michel Vorm were sold to Spurs.

Managerial novice Garry Monk has moved to replace some of those names, but there are big question marks over a number of them. A permanent transfer for Dutch forward Marvin Emnes was based on very little end product during the second half of last term, while French frontman Bafetimbi Gomis has no Premier League experience.

Scottish left back Stephen Kingsley is only 20, new goalie Lukasz Fabianski notoriously struggles with crosses and Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero had a failed move to Europe earlier in his career. All this adds up to naivety, while United players will be under no illusions about what Van Gaal expects from them.

So, bet now on United beating Swansea and captain Rooney leading by example through scoring.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.