• Aston Villa v Manchester United

Rooney partnered by Welbeck in United attack

ESPN staff
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Wayne Rooney will start for Manchester United in his 500th appearance in club football as the club looks to arrest a run of two straight defeats in the Premier League.

With Robin van Persie out injured, Danny Welbeck has been handed a chance to prove himself alongside Rooney.

Phil Jones, who scored the winner from midfield in the Champions League in midweek, drops back into the centre of the defence, while Rio Ferdinand is among the substitutes.

Darren Fletcher, who was last in United's matchday squad on Boxing Day 2012, is also on the bench.

Aston Villa starting XI: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Baker, Luna, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Sylla, Albrighton, Agbonlahor, Benteke Substitutes Steer, Bacuna, Weimann, Bowery, Gardner, Tonev, Kozak

Manchester United starting XI: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Jones, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Giggs, Januzaj, Rooney, Welbeck Substitutes: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Fabio, Young, Buttner, Fletcher, Zaha

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