MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Marouane Fellaini and Shinji Kagawa have both been named in Manchester United starting lineup for tonight’s Group A opener against Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford.
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Kagawa, who has not featured since the Community Shield in August where he played seven minutes, will make his first starts of the season after overcoming a virus that he picked up during international duties with Japan.
Also named in David Moyes’ starting team is new summer recruit Fellaini, who made a transfer move on deadline day from Everton.
Fellaini came on as a substitute for Manchester United against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League (EPL) over the weekend.
The Manchester United attack is being led by Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, both of whom were on the scoresheet against Crystal Palace.
Antonio Valencia and Micheal Carrick also start in midfield, while Chris Smalling takes over at right-back from Fabio Da Silva and Ashley Young dropped to the bench.
Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen
Manchester United: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Kagawa, Rooney, van Persie
Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Anderson, Hernandez, Young, Fabio Da Silva, Cleverley
Bayer Leverkusen: Leno, Donati, Spahic, Toprak, Boenisch, Can, Reinartz, Rolfes, Sam, Kiessling, Son
Subs: Palop, Wollscheid, Bender, Derdiyok, Hilbert, Oztunali, Kruse
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)