Betting: Can Rooney break Charlton's record for Manchester United in style against Liverpool?

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While the England captain is sure to attract the most attention at Old Trafford, Al Hain-Cole thinks Ibrahimovic could steal the headlines

After drawing level with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals, Wayne Rooney will be eager to establish himself as Manchester United’s record goal-scorer when Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Sunday.
 
Only Steven Gerrard has scored more goals in this Premier League fixture than the England captain, who is available at 11/2 (6.50) with bet365 to take his place in the history books in style with the opening goal against the Reds.
 
With bet365 offering unlimited each-way first goalscorer terms, punters will be paid out at a shade over 11/10 (2.10) on the place part of such wagers should he fail to break the deadlock but score at anytime during the match.


 
However, the 31-year-old is far from guaranteed a place in Jose Mourinho’s first team after starting just eight of 20 league matches so far, making 7/4 (2.75) odds seem rather short on him finding the net here.
 
Instead, Zlatan Ibrahimovic surely offers the best value at 5/4 (2.25) considering his rich vein of form, having struck 10 times in his last 10 appearances for the Red Devils.
 
Both on the scoresheet in the FA Cup win over Reading, Marcus Rashford 8/5 (2.60) and Anthony Martial 2/1 (3.00) offer youthful alternatives to the experience of Rooney and Ibrahimovic in attack.
 
With three goals and two assists in his last four matches against Liverpool, Juan Mata’s 3/1 (4.00) strong record in this fixture means Mourinho will be spoilt for choice in attack.


 
In contrast, opposite number Jurgen Klopp will he hoping for a much improved performance in that tacking third after seeing his team fail to score in two consecutive matches, with the absence of Sadio Mane looking significant.
 
Having scored his first goal of the league season against Sunderland last time out, Daniel Sturridge is available at 8/5 (2.60) to add to his four career goals against this opposition for the Reds.
 
Meanwhile, Divock Origi is priced at 15/8 (2.88) to end his six-game barren spell in front of goal, with Roberto Firmino on offer at 12/5 (3.40) to fire for just the second game in 12.
 
The Brazilian has looked less effective without compatriot Phillippe Coutinho, who is a 13/5 (3.60) shot to mark his return from injury with a big goal at Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic to score anytime at 5/4 (2.20) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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