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No Rooney for Man Utd, but Sturridge starts for Liverpool

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rooney back on the bench
Rooney back on the bench

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has resisted the temptation to recall Wayne Rooney for tonight's mouth-watering Premier League clash against Liverpool.

Rooney's experience in this fixture inspired many former Liverpool and United players to suggest he should make a return to Mourinho's line-up.

Yet it will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the United line, as Rooney is again forced to watch the game from the bench:

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opted to start with Daniel Sturridge, with injury doubts over Adam Lallana possibly forcing his hand.

United legend Gary Neville admits Liverpool "scare him a bit" as he admitted Klopp's side had impressed him for that United this season.

"I hate to admit it, but I have been more impressed by Liverpool so far," stated Neville on Sky Sports. 

"United are still trying to find a balance in their team and it will take time, but Liverpool look like they are ready to challenge now."

Neville admitted he was surprised by Mourinho's decision to include Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini in his team, but he offered this explanation for his picks.

"He trusts Young more than others and clearly this is a night where he wants players to do their job properly," he added.

"As for Fellaini, he has had some success against Liverpool in recent years. That may be why he is in the team."