(Sporting Alert) — Robin van Persie returns to the Manchester United starting line-up, but there is no Wayne Rooney for tonight’s Champions League Group A game away to Shakhtar Donetsk.
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Van Persie is back in the United starting side after missing three games with a thigh injury and he will be featuring in his first game since the opening Champions League group win over Bayer Leverkusen last month.
Danny Welbeck has been named as his strike partner, with Javier Hernandez returning to the bench after starting against Liverpool and West Bromwich.
Chris Smalling will partner captain Nemanja Vidic in the heart of the defense, while Tom Cleverley comes back into the starting team.
Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick all start as well, while Nani and Shinji Kagawa are back on the bench.
Among the listed starters tonight for the home side is Alex Teixeira, who netted twice in the 2-0 win at Real Sociedad, while summer signing Bernard is on the bench.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester United
FC Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Kucher, Shevchuk, Rakitskiy, Hübschman, Fernando, Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira, Srna, Luiz Adriano, Taison
Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Kryvtsov, Stepanenko, Bernard, Ilsinho, Eduardo, Ferreyra.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Smalling, Vidić, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Fellaini, Welbeck, Van Persie
Subs: Lindegaard, Jones, Giggs, Nani, Young, Kagawa, Hernández.