Angry Wayne Rooney can help Manchester United win Sunday’s derby

Rooney helped destroy Leverkusen and Matthew Glazier of argues that he can do the same to Manchester City

Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 on Tuesday night, although the striker refused to confirm whether he was happy at Old Trafford and reacted aggressively when questioned about a desire to leave the Red Devils in the summer.

Rooney was dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of last season, with the former United boss revealing that the 27-year-old wanted to depart Old Trafford, while the player was thought to be angry after David Moyes suggested that the England forward would remain at the club and play understudy to Robin van Persie.

However, after a superb performance in the Champions League against Leverkusen, it appears as though Rooney is back to top form, having scored a free-kick against Crystal Palace last weekend.

An angry Wayne Rooney can help United beat City

As per the above video, Rooney has fire in his belly on and off the pitch, with the striker clearly feeling that he has a point to prove at Old Trafford. He reacted spikily to questions regarding his happiness at Old Trafford and whether he wanted to leave in the summer, although David Moyes will be pleased that the forward is letting his football do the talking.

“I knew that if you are going to win the Champions League you need to have several world-class players, and Wayne certainly comes into that category,” Moyes said. “You can see what other teams have and we have to keep adding to that and keep the ones we have here.”

The United manager added: “I thought he played really well. I remember saying he had a real chance to be one of the all-time leading goalscorers at this club and if he keeps playing like he did tonight, he’ll get there.

“It was something we made him aware of in the summer. I wanted to get him back in really good condition and mentally correct for when he was ready to play. He is now moving as well as he has done. He is in a good place at the moment. Any centre-forward who is scoring goals feels good about himself.

After a slow start to the season, this victory is just what United need ahead of Sunday’s derby against Manchester City and the Red Devils are a massive 5/2 with BetVictor to win at the Etihad Stadium, having done so with a 3-2 victory last season.

With Rooney and Robin van Persie in irresistible form, this could be a bet worth taking but just remember not to ask the former whether he’s a happy bunny or not!

Matthew Glazier is the Managing Director of, an award-winning sports, news and betting website.