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The Punter: You must get in quick on Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United

Things are unlikely to ever be the same again between Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney and the latter’s departure from Old Trafford will come in the New Year now that the player has declared he wants to leave.

Ladbrokes make Rooney 6-4 not to be wearing the United red at the end of January transfer window and 1-2 to be doing so. That 6-4 certainly appeals at this point in time and won’t last long now that we are entering the endgame for Wayne and United.

Alternatively, he is 1-2 to remain in situ while Bet 365 quote the same odds for him to be gone by the summer window and 6-4 that Fergie can persuade him to stay.

Rooney’s form has seriously dipped since the World Cup but he still remains a key figure for United if they are to lift the Premier League title this season and after Saturday’s debacle when they surrendered a 2-0 lead at home to West Brom, even ardent Red Devil fans must be having their doubts. That is reflected in the layers quoting 9-2 with Chelsea hardening to 4-7.

It is interesting to look at United’s statistics when Rooney has played and when he’s been absent.

Out of a total of 177 games played, United have been successful 127 times, drawn 28 and lost 22, averaging 2.11 goals per game and 2.31 points.

Without Roo, the figures read, played 59, won 33, drawn 17 and lost 9, goals per game 1.54 and points 1.97.

Those speak for themselves.

But which club is he likely to move to?

Man City would really take the biscuit for United fans but the moneybags Eastlands outfit will be very much in the running as they have the means to give Rooney whatever he wants.

The loss of Carlos Tevez to City must rankle with the Red side of Manchester and Wayne teaming up again with the Argentinian would surely be too much to bear - especially in blue.

The best price on Rooney to be joining Man City is 4-1 (Coral) who make Real Madrid 6-4 to sign him.

That price of 4-1 makes plenty of appeal and should be snapped up — provided you can get it!

Rooney’s next club (best prices): 5-2 Real Madrid; 4-1 Man City; 7-1 Barcelona; 10-1 Chelsea; 20-1 Inter and Milan.

Rooney’s club at the end of the January transfer window: 4-7 Man United, 7-2 Man City, 8-1 Real Madrid, 11- Barcelona. 16-1 bar.

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