Wayne Rooney has promised to be in a relaxed mood this weekend when he travels back to Goodison Park for the first time since his acrimonious move to Manchester United.
The United front man is in a rich vein of form and was voted man-of-the-match for his performance in the Manchester derby last weekend. Despite the return to fitness of Louis Saha, Alan Smith and Rudd van Nistelrooy, Rooney is hoping to take part in some part of the game.
“I just laugh at it,” he said, when asked about the verbal abuse he receives from opposing supporters.
“It is just fans being football fans and I would do the same if I was still in the crowd. I Know when I go back to play at Everton, I will get the same stuff shouted at me. It happens – that is football.”
Minders are expected to protect the young starlet and it remains to be seen whether Six Alex Ferguson will risk the temperamental nature of Rooney in such a potentially explosive atmosphere.