Rooney and fellow Manchester United senior player omitted from squad for Feyenoord clash
By Alex Stevens
Wayne Rooney and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been omitted from the Manchester United squad for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Feyenoord.
The duo are not named in the 20-man United squad announced on the club’s website on Wednesday afternoon as they prepared to fly to Rotterdam.
It is not known whether Rooney has sustained an injury or is rested after starting all four of the team’s Premier League fixtures this season.
The United skipper had a poor match as United were outplayed and defeated 2-1 by Manchester City in last Saturday’s derby.
The Premier League giants kick off the Europa League campaign on Thursday evening at De Kuip in only the third-ever meeting between the two clubs.
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United won the previous two – home and away in the Champions League group stages in 1997/98 – but face a Feyenoord side in excellent form following five wins from their opening five league matches.
The latest encounter promises to be an absorbing affair and Mourinho is expected to shuffle his pack after saying recently how he plans to make use of his full squad during a busy September.
United face Feyenoord before travelling to Watford in the Premier League on Sunday and Northampton next Wednesday in the EFL Cup.
Manager Jose Mourinho has named a 20-man squad to travel to Rotterdam for the Feyenoord clash.
The players on Wednesday afternoon’s flight to Holland are as follows:
De Gea, Romero, Johnstone; Darmian, Bailly, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Smalling; Carrick, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Memphis, Pogba, Schneiderlin, Young; Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rashford.
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