Rooney axed as Van Persie makes debut

25 August 2012 03:17

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney to the bench and handed Robin van Persie his first start for Saturday's clash against Fulham at Old Trafford.

Rooney was axed after a lacklustre display in United's 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday and van Persie, signed from Arsenal for £24 million, started up front in place of the England striker.

Van Persie, who made a 22-minute substitute appearance at Everton, was the lone forward in United's attack, with Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa playing just behind the Dutch star.

Source: AFP

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