Ahead of this weekend’s hugely significant clash between Chelsea and Manchester United 888Sport have released some intriguing and tempting odds surrounding the immediate future of Wayne Rooney.

Whether you’re a resilient fan of the forward/midfielder/wherever-he-wants or a critic there is something for everyone below.

Following a series of sub-par performances resulting in Rooney being resigned to the bench in the Premier League for United, the odds have been slashed on him parting from Old Trafford. Bookmakers 888sport now say that Rooney is 15/1to go out on loan in January, or 25/1 to be sold in January – with both prices at least halving.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes famously retired from international football ahead of time to focus on his club career, and 888sport have slashed Rooney’s odds to retire from international football before the January transfer window opens from 33/1 down to 20/1.

Looking to the weekend, Rooney has never started four games in a row in the PL on the bench for Manchester United, but looks set to be on the bench following his Europa League start. Rooney hasn’t scored in his last 18 PL appearances off the bench, and is 1/3 to make it 19 sub appearances without a goal. If you think Rooney can score from the bench, the odds are 9/1 with 888sport.

Wider Specials

Man Utd to beat their record low 35% possession v Chelsea – 5/1

Man Utd to have under 50% possession and beat Chelsea – 7/2

Match Odds

Manceshter United to win – 45/17

Chelsea to win – 16/13

Match drawn – 23/10

Wayne Rooney to score anytime v Chelsea – 4/1