Should Wayne Rooney start for Manchester United in the derby?

by Sam Peoples

Wayne Rooney started his first Premier League game since December in the 2-0 win over Burnley and scored the second goal but tonight’s game with Manchester City is another matter altogether.

So, we asked Manchester United fans whether they want to see Rooney start again with Zlatan Ibrahimovic out injured. After all, nobody has scored more goals in the derby in history than Rooney with 11, so he’s got a great track record of bagging a goal against the Blues.

Here’s what Man United fans had to say about whether Rooney should start:


A mixed bag of responses but on the whole the majority didn’t want to see Rooney start tonight and I have to agree with that majority. Rooney may have scored on his return but would I bring him in to play City having only started one Premier League game in 2017? Not a chance.

Can Rooney make a difference from the bench? Absolutely, he’d be a good substitute to bring on but with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford coming bang into form I wouldn’t want to ruin that.

Of course, Jose Mourinho throws plenty of surprises with his teams so maybe Rooney will start but if I had a choice I’d rather see our captain start on the bench at the Etihad despite his goalscoring record in the fixture.

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