MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Star striker Wayne Rooney is only on the bench tonight for Manchester United’s Champions League last-16 second clash with Real Madrid at Old Trafford.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made six changes from the side that beat Norwich over the weekend and made the bold move to drop the England international, while veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs makes his 1000th competitive appearance,
Portugal international Nani has been handed a starting place tonight, with Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick also starting in midfield.
Robin van Persie will lead the attack, while Danny Welbeck, who scored for United in the 1-1 draw in Madrid, is also named in the attacking line.
Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic starts at centerback, while weekend star Shinji Kagawa, who netted a hattrick against Norwich and Javier Hernandez all on the bench.
Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo faces his old club at Old Trafford for the first time since his move to Real Madrid and he will be the main man to look out for.
Manchester United v Real Madrid
Manchester United: De Gea, Da Silva, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani, Welbeck, Giggs, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez, Young, Kagawa.
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Arbeloa, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Khedira, Alonso, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Higuain. Subs: Adan, Pepe, Kaka, Benzema, Albiol, Modric, Callejon.
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)