Van Persie starts, Rooney on the bench: Live Coverage

MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) – Wayne Rooney was left on the bench for Manchester United for their Barclays Premier League clash against Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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His starting place has gone to summer signing Robin van Persie, while there was no place in the line-up for winger Nani, who was disappointing in the signing opener defeat at Everton.

Paul Scholes is also on the bench, with Tom Cleverley and Anderson playing in the middle.

Michael Carrick continues to play in defence, while Rafael Da Silva is back at left-back and Antonio Valencia take Nani’s place on the right.

Ashley Young will be on the left with Shinji Kagawa starting behind Van Persie.

Manchester United v Fulham Teams

Manchester United: De Gea, Da Silva, Carrick, Vidic, Evra, Cleverley, Anderson, Valencia, Kagawa, Young, van Persie

Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Rooney, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck, Scholes

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Briggs, Duff, Diarra, Dembele, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Petric

Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Baird, Sidwell, Kasami, Rodallega, Halliche

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

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