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Referee named for Man United v Southampton final

Andre Marriner will be the man in charge. Credit: PA

Andre Marriner will referee the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton on February 26.

The EFL announced the appointment of the 46-year-old on Monday. He will be assisted by Richard West and Stuart Burt, with Kevin Friend as fourth official.

Marriner has been a Premier League official since 2004 and on FIFA's panel since 2009.

He refereed the 2013 FA Cup final, when Wigan beat Manchester City.

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Rooney absent for Man United through illness

Wayne Rooney has been linked with the Old Trafford exit door. Credit: PA

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney missed Sunday's trip to Premier League champions Leicester through illness.

The 31-year-old dominated the headlines when the teams met in September as Jose Mourinho first made the bold decision to drop the forward to the bench for a Premier League game.

Rooney has been unable to nail down a regular starting berth since then and was conspicuous by his absence when United arrived at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

However, the club quickly moved to explain his absence was due to illness rather than injury or any other matter.

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