Manchester United plan to open new contract talks with Wayne Rooney in the New Year.

Rooney scored on his surprise return from injury in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace yesterday.

United are preparing to offer Rooney a new contract as his current deal runs out in 18 months, but have indicated that they will wait until January before opening talks. United need to sign him on a longer-term deal before his market value dramatically decreases in the final year of his contract.

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