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Van Persie on bench for Manchester United's Champions League clash

ESPN staff
December 10, 2013

Robin van Persie is on the bench for Manchester United for their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford.

United have suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses at home in the Premier League, and manager David Moyes will be looking for his side to bounce back, and to take some of the pressure off his shoulders.

United have qualified for the last 16, and a point tonight will guarantee them top spot in the group. A victory for Shakhtar will see them overtake United and finish in first.

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner, Young, Giggs, Jones, Januzaj, Kagawa, Rooney.

Substitutes: Lindegaard, Anderson, Cleverley, Nani, Valencia, Hernandez, Van Persie.

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Fred, Stepanenko, Douglas Costa, Teixeira, Bernard, Adriano.

Substitutes: Kanibolotskiy, Kryvtsov, Fernando, Hubschman, Bernard, Eduardo, Ferreyra.

Meanwhile, Manchester City welcome the return of David Silva for their clash against reigning champions Bayern Munich, with manager Manuel Pellegrini making seven changes from the draw with Southampton at the weekend, meaning in-form striker Sergio Aguero drops to the bench.

City lost 3-1 to Bayern at the Etihad, and will need to better that result if they are to leapfrog Bayern and top the group. Both teams have qualified for the last 16.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Dante, Thiago, Ribery, Mandzukic, Boateng, Gotze, Lahm, Muller, Alaba, Kroos.

Substitutes: Starke, Van Buyten, Martínez, Shaqiri, Rafinha, Pizarro, Contento.

Manchester City: Hart, Kolarov, Lescott, Demichelis, Richards, Fernandinho, Garcia, Milner, Silva, Navas, Dzeko.

Substitutes: Pantilimon, Kompany, Zabaleta, Negredo, Aguero, Rodwell, Boyata.

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