(Sporting Alert) — Wayne Rooney starts on the bench for Manchester United as they start the defense of their English Premier League title against Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium tonight.
Rooney, who missed United’s preseason because of injuries, returned to action for England against Scotland in midweek, but manager David Moyes has opted to start with Danny Welbeck, who scored in that game and last year’s top goalscorer Robin van Persie in his attack.
Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic start in the heart of champions’ backline with Patrice Evra and Phil Jones also starting in the back.
Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Antonio Valencia are the other outfield players with David de Gea starting between the sticks.
Shinji Kagawa, Anderson and Chris Smalling are all on the bench.
Swansea City, in the meantime, left summer record signing Wilfried Bony on the bench with Michu, Nathan Dyer, Jonjo Shelvey and Wayne Routledge all starting for Michael Laudrup’s side.
Pablo Hernandez and Ki Sung-Yueng are amongst the substitutes.
Swansea v Manchester United
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, Canas, Britton, Dyer, Shelvey, Routledge, Michu
Subs: Amat, Taylor, Bony, Hernandez, Ki, Pozuelo, Tremmel
Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Cleverley, Carrick, Valencia, Giggs, Welbeck, van Persie
Subs: Anderson, Rooney, Smalling, Lindegaard, Fabio Da Silva, Kagawa, Zaha
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)