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Van Persie misses Manchester derby

ESPN staff
September 22, 2013

Robin van Persie is the shock omission from Manchester United's starting lineup against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

David Moyes heads into his first derby as United manager without his talisman, who misses out because of a thigh injury, while Shinji Kagawa is also absent having started his first game of the season in the Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night.

As expected, Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany continued his recovery from injury by starting at the heart to the defence, but Alvaro Negredo is preferred to Edin Dzeko up front.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Navas, Aguero, Nasri, Negredo.

Manchester United: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Smalling, Vidic, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Valencia, Welbeck, Rooney

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