MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert – Wayne Rooney starts for Manchester United in today’s Europa League group stage clash against Fenerbahce at Old Trafford.
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Rooney has been left on the bench for both club and country in recent outings, but manager Jose Mourinho has decided to name his captain in the starting team today.
In fact, the attacker is returning to the starting line-up for Man United for the first time since the September EFL Cup win at Northampton.
Let’s see what kind of performance the England international will deliver.
Also back in the starting team is Anthony Martial, who has recovered from an injury.
The French striker will join Jesse Lingard and Rooney in the attack, with Juan Mata playing as the No. 10 again today.
Mourinho has also recalled veteran midfielder Michael Carrick to play alongside world-record midfielder Paul Pogba in the central area of the pitch.
Luke Shaw, as expected starts at left-back, with Matteo Darmian making only his second start of the season at right-back.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford head a very strong Manchester United bench, which also includes Marcos Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Memphis Depay and Marouane Fellaini.
However, there is no Henrikh Mkhitaryan, despite Mourinho revealing that he is ready to start playing after recovering from an injury.
In the meantime, former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will lead the attack for Fenerbahce, as he makes a return to Old Trafford.
Ex-Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel also starts, as does Simon Kjaer and Gregory van der Wiel.
Manchester United Team to play Fenerbahce: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw, Carrick, Pogba, Mata, Rooney, Lingard, Martial. Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Fellaini, Memphis, Ibrahimovic, Rashford.
Fenerbahce Team to play Manchester United: Demirel, Sener, Skrtel, Kjaer, Kaldirim, Souza, Topal, Neustadter, Potuk, Volkan, Van Persie. Subs: Fabiano, Ismail, Civelek, Emenike, Koca, Stoch.