Team News: Three strikers included in Manchester United team

Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney
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Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck all start for Manchester United against Stoke City at Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has named an attacking team for Stoke City's visit to Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney all start for the hosts, with the latter expected to play in a deeper role.

Despite stepping up their respective recoveries recently, neither Chris Smalling nor Ashley Young have been included in the United squad.

Tony Pulis will be relying on Peter Crouch to provide the main goal threat for his side but Michael Owen has proved his fitness to earn a spot on the bench against his former team.

Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Scholes, Carrick, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Walters, Whitehead, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly, Crouch

Sir Alex Ferguson
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