Will the planets align for Wayne Rooney against Manchester City? Has the English superstar got the ability and nerve to do the business for his boyhood club and make history?
If you are thinking that the history in question is Everton outdoing their last performance against Manchester City than you’d be wrong. Although, Rooney could help with that, and it would go down as Everton’s biggest victory over the opposition and Pep Guardiola’s biggest loss, however, what we are talking about is much more personal.
Through his time at Everton and then Manchester United, Rooney has scored a mammoth amount of goals. Now back with the Toffees, and following his strike against Stoke City last week, Rooney is one goal away from equalling Alan Shearer’s record.
— Scoop Football (@ScoopFootball) August 12, 2017
The record? Well, if Rooney was to score he would become just the second player to score 200 goals in the Premier League. For the record, Shearer scored 260 times.
During his Premier League breakout between 2002-04 with Everton, Rooney scored 15 goals in 67 appearances. Not groundbreaking, but it caught the eye of Manchester United where he went on to score 183 times.
Is it likely to happen?
Yes. Is the short answer. As once again, only Shearer has scored more goals against Manchester City than Rooney. The former Red Devil has scored eight times versus the old enemy, while Shearer bagged 11.
To add a little more conviction to the plot. Everton are undefeated in their last two meetings against Manchester City. The history we were talking about earlier was the Toffee’s last game against them and it ended 4-0 in favour of the Merseysiders.
Everton vs Manchester City last five games:
Goodison Park – EVE 4 MNC 0
Etihad Stadium – MNC 1 EVE 1
Etihad Stadium – MNC 3 EVE 1
Etihad Stadium – MNC 0 EVE 0
Goodison Park – EVE 2 MNC 1
"We have a tough week coming up – he'll be part of all the games"
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 20, 2017