Team News: Wayne Rooney missing from Manchester United matchday squad

Team News: Rooney absent for United
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Wayne Rooney is absent from the Manchester United squad for today's Premier League clash with Sunderland.

Wayne Rooney is absent from the Manchester United squad for today's Premier League game against Sunderland at Old Trafford.

Neither Tom Cleverley nor Shinji Kagawa make the bench either, while Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck have dropped out of the starting XI. Javier Hernandez, Juan Mata, Nani, Ashley Young and Darren Fletcher are all handed starting berths for the first time under the management of Ryan Giggs.

In contrast, Gus Poyet has kept faith with the same starting XI for the fourth consecutive game.

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Young, Mata, Hernandez

Sunderland: Mannone, Vergini, Alonso, Brown, O'Shea, Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Wickham

Manchester United players Juan Mata (L) and Wayne Rooney (R) celebrate after Mata scored the third goal against Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 26, 2014
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