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Mata, Van Persie start for United, Rooney on bench

ESPN staff
January 28, 2014

Juan Mata will start for Manchester United against Cardiff just three days after making his club record £37.1 million move from Chelsea.

Manager David Moyes has also been handed a huge boost by the return of Robin van Persie to the starting line-up, while Wayne Rooney returns to the bench.

Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs is also in the starting line-up in what is his 800th start for United, while Ashley Young replaces Adnan Januzaj on the left.

Manchester United starting XI: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Jones, Giggs, Young, Mata, Van Persie Substitutes: Lindegaard, Rooney, Hernandez, Cleverley, Fletcher, Kagawa, Januzaj

Cardiff starting XI: Marshall, Caulker, Hudson, John, Mcnaughton, Medel, Whitts, Noone, Mutch, Bellamy, Campbell Substitutes: Lewis, Turner, Kim, Eikrem, Gunnarsson, Daehli, Berget

At Anfield, Brendan Rodgers has selected an attacking line-up to take on Everton in the Merseyside derby as the SAS becomes the SASAS as Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are joined by Raheem Sterling.

Ross Barkley has returned to the Everton starting line-up, but the young England midfielder will play through the pain after receiving an injection to stave off a persistent foot problem.

Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Cissokho, Skrtel, Toure, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sturridge, Sterling, Suarez Substitutes: Jones, Kelly, Ibe, Smith, Moses, Aspas, Alberto

Everton starting XI: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Mirallas, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Barkley, Pienaar, Stones, Alcaraz Substitutes: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Naismith, Gueye, Osman, Garbutt

Arsene Wenger has also signalled his attacking intent at St Mary's as striker Olivier Giroud will be supported by the midfield talent of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Serge Gnabry.

The Arsenal manager can also call on Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nicklas Bendtner from the bench.

Southampton starting XI: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Gallagher Substitutes: K. Davis, Clyne, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld, Isgrove

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Ozil, Cazorla, Gnabry, Giroud Substitutes: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Bendtner

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