MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Robin van Persie starts on the bench for Manchester United in their Barclays Premier League 2012/13 opener against Everton here at Goodison Park.
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The Dutch forward who made a move from Arsenal last week will start on the bench, with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck getting the starting nob for tonight’s game.
Notable, there was no Javier Hernandez in the Manchester United, as Van Persie is joined on the bench by Dimitar Berbatov, Ashley Young and Anderson.
Shinji Kagawa starts in the attacking midfield, alongside Paul Scholes, who plays in the center, while Nani and Tom Cleverley also start.
Michael Carrick will play with captain Nemanja Vidic in defence with Antonio Valencia and Patrice Evra also making up the backline.
Manchester United are hoping to get off the winning start after the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea both captured wins in their respective openers.
Meanwhile, Everton have picked a strong team for the home clash but Steven Naismith starts on the bench, but Steven Pienaar, returning after a spell at Tottenham, starts
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Hibbert, Baines, Jagielka, Distin; Osman, Pienaar, Gibson, Neville, Fellaini; Jelavic
Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Naismith, Gueye, Barkley, Coleman, Anichebe.
Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea; Valencia, Carrick, Vidic, Evra; Scholes, Cleverley, Nani; Kagawa, Rooney, Welbeck
Subs: Rafael, Anderson, Berbatov, Lindegaard, Young, Van Persie, Wooton