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Wayne Rooney left out of Man United starting line-up

Rooney has been left out of the starting line-up. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Wayne Rooney was sensationally left out of the Manchester United starting line-up to face Real Madrid this evening.

It had been anticipated Sir Alex Ferguson would only tinker with his starting line-up from the Bernabeu three weeks ago.

Instead there were four changes, with Ryan Giggs handed his 1,000th senior game, and Nani, Tom Cleverley and skipper Nemanja Vidic also included.

It meant no place for Jonny Evans, injured Phil Jones and Saturday's hat-trick hero Shinji Kagawa.

However, the absence of Rooney was the biggest bombshell after his return to first-team duties against Norwich at the weekend following a sinus infection.

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