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Team News: David de Gea returns for Manchester United, Wayne Rooney misses out

David de Gea is handed his first start of the season as Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford.

David de Gea will make his first appearance of the season for Manchester United in today's Premier League meeting with Liverpool.

The Spaniard had been strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid all summer, meaning that Sergio Romero was trusted between the sticks.

With the transfer window now over, and De Gea still a United player, Louis van Gaal has opted to throw his trusted stopper back into the mix for this evening's crunch clash.

There is some bad news for home supporters, however, as the recent injury picked up by Wayne Rooney has kept him out of the matchday squad.

That has led to Van Gaal starting without a recognised striker, instead opting to field Marouane Fellaini up top, with recent purchase Anthony Martial having to make do with a place among the subs.

Liverpool have made just the one change from their disappointing 3-0 defeat to West Ham United last time out.

Danny Ings comes in for his first start, replacing the suspended Philippe Coutinho for what is likely to be a feisty derby affair at the Theatre of Dreams.

Liverpool head to the home of their rivals on the back of a run that has seen them avoid defeat on just one of their last eight visits.

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Memphis; Fellaini
Subs: Romero, McNair, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Valencia, Young, Martial

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez; Lucas, Can, Milner, Firmino; Ings, Benteke
Subs: Bogdan, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Origi, Rossiter, Ibe

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Referee Martin Atkinson separates Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea and Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, north
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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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