TEAM NEWS: Rooney benched as Rashford starts for Man Utd's Arsenal clash

The striker has to settle for a place on the bench for at Old Trafford on Saturday as his younger team-mate is chosen to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jose Mourinho has opted to start Marcus Rashford up front for Manchester United as they play host to Arsenal in a huge Premier League fixture at Old Trafford.

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With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended for the lunchtime kick-off, Mourinho has chosen young striker Rashford, who memorably scored twice against Arsene Wenger’s side last season, ahead of the England captain.

There are also returns for Antonio Valencia, who recently broke his forearm, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial. The Spaniard was suspended for the visit to Swansea having been sent off against Burnley, while Martial was benched for the 3-1 win in south Wales.

Arsenal arrive at Old Trafford in fourth place but only two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, while United are in two places and six points behind Wenger’s side heading into the game.

Alexis Sanchez is fit to start for the visitors having returned from a muscle injury to score twice for Chile in midweek. Meanwhile, Carl Jenkinson replaces the injured Hector Bellerin at right-back.

The Gunners have won only three Premier League fixtures away to United in the 24 years since the competition’s inception.

Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera; Mata, Pogba, Martial; Rashford.  Subs: Depay, Rooney, Lingard, Blind, Young, Romero, Schneiderlin.

Arsenal XI: Cech, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Elneny; Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott; Sanchez. Subs: Gibbs, Gabriel, Giroud, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Xhaka.

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