MX23RW : Monday, January 21 22:46:24
Sep 17, 2017 at 4pm UK at ​Old Trafford
Attendance: 75,042
Man UtdManchester United
4-0
Everton
Valencia (4'), Mkhitaryan (84'), Lukaku (89'), Martial (92' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-0)

Team News: Wayne Rooney starts against Manchester United

Team News: Rooney starts against United
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Wayne Rooney starts for Everton as they visit his former side Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney starts up front for Everton as they visit his former side Manchester United this afternoon.

The former England captain called time on his nine-year stint at Old Trafford this summer in order to return to his boyhood club, having become United's all-time leading goal scorer during his time at Old Trafford.

Rooney is expected to lead the line this afternoon in what is expected to be a 5-3-1-1 formation for the Toffees, as Ronald Koeman makes two changes from the side that suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Having featured in the 3-0 loss at Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday, Phil Jagielka earns a recall in the heart of the defence this afternoon alongside Michael Keane and Ashley Williams, with Cuco Martina on the right and Leighton Baines on the left, while Jordan Pickford is back between the sticks.

Morgan Schneiderlin is also in action against his former side, partnering Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies - in for Davy Klaassen - in midfield, with Gylfi Sigurdsson assisting Rooney in the attacking threat.

Meanwhile, Sandro Ramirez drops down to the bench, where he is joined by the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Muhamed Besic.

For the visitors, Jose Mourinho makes five changes following the 3-0 Champions League victory over Basel on Tuesday and three alterations to the starting XI from the 2-2 draw at Stoke City in the league eight days ago.

Romelu Lukaku retains his place up front, with Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford providing attacking assistance. Paul Pogba limped off in midweek and now faces a spell on the sidelines, while Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial start among the substitutes.

Marouane Fellaini earns a starting berth after coming off the bench to score following Pogba's injury, joining Nemanja Matic as protection for the back four.

Ashley Young keeps his place in the defensive line, with Matteo Darmian on the bench, as Eric Bailly and Phil Jones resume their partnership at centre-back after both were suspended for the Basel win.

Antonio Valencia is in at right-back while David de Gea is between the sticks.

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young; Matic, Fellaini; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku
Subs: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Martial

Everton: Pickford; Martina, Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Baines; Schneiderlin, Gueye, Davies; Sigurdsson; Rooney
Subs: Stekelenburg, Ramirez, Mirallas, Klaassen, Besic, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate

Keep up with all of the action from Old Trafford this afternoon with Sports Mole's live text commentary here.

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2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
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7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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