LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Wayne Rooney has been named on the Manchester United bench for today’s English Premier League clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
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Rooney returned from a knee injury to score the winner in the English FA Cup win over West Ham United in midweek, but manager Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to start the England international on the bench this time.
Danny Welbeck has been rewarded for his impressive showing in the win over Liverpool with another starting place, as he partners Robin van Persie in the United attack.
Ferguson has decided to go with a diamond formation, with Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa all starting, with no wingers in the line-up.
Antonio Valencia, Anderson, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs are all on the bench.
Meanwhile, Scott Parker starts for Tottenham with Mousa Dembele, Gareth Bale, Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe all starting as well.
Tottenham v Manchester United
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton, Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe
Subs: Friedel, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend, Assou-Ekotto
Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Jones, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa, Welbeck, van Persie
Subs: Lindegaard, Valencia, Anderson, Rooney, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)