Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been left out of the 20-man squad declared for the Europa League 2016 group stage match against Feyenoord.
The 20-man squad chosen by manager Jose Mourinho to travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands, as declared by the official website of the club.
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling
Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Memphis Depay, Paul Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ashley Young
Strikers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford
Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia are the two most notable names missing from the team. Both the players have started in all the games of the season until now. Jesse Lingard will also miss the trip for United’s first European engagement of the season.
Another big name to miss the cut is new summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, the reason for the Armenian’s exclusion is his thigh injury. The former Dortmund playmaker is set to miss the next three matches for the Red Devils, as reported by Paul Hirst of the Times.
Manchester United players and Mourinho will look to bounce back from their 2-1 derby defeat to rivals Manchester City, last weekend. Rooney failed to stamp his authority in the game. The England captain struggled, first as a No. 10 behind Ibrahimovic and then as a right attacking midfielder.
Watching MNF. Thing is, can you really have all three of Pogba, Rooney and Zlatan in same team given how they affect each other's best game?
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) September 12, 2016
It will be interesting to see how United play against Feyenoord without their captain. However, it is still early to predict whether Rooney is in Mourinho’s future plan or not. The 30-year-old could slot right back in the first-team picture when the Red Devils face Watford in their next Premier League match.
Meanwhile, United’s opponent Feyenoord have started their domestic campaign in style. The Eredivisie outfit have won all of their first five games and will look to continue their impressive form against Mouinho’s side.
Feyenoord is managed by former Arsenal and Barcelona footballer Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
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