Sunday, February 28, 2016

TEAM NEWS: Rashford starts for Man United as Welbeck replaces Giroud for Arsenal

United's two-goal midweek hero gets another start with Anthony Martial still out, while a former Old Trafford favourite returns to Arsenal's XI
TEAM NEWS: Rashford starts for Man United as Welbeck replaces Giroud for Arsenal

Marcus Rashford has been handed his first Premier League start for Manchester United's clash with Arsenal, while Danny Welbeck is preferred to Olivier Giroud for the Gunners.

The 18-year-old striker netted twice in the 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday after being given a late call-up following Anthony Martial's injury during the warm-up. And with the Frenchman's hamstring strain keeping him out again, Rashford has got the nod against the north London side.

David de Gea returns in goal for the home side, with Marcos Rojo also recalled despite manager Louis van Gaal insisting after Thursday's game that the Argentine would certainly not start as he slowly recovers from a recent shoulder injury.

Arsene Wenger brings in former United forward Welbeck in place of Giroud, who started the 2-0 loss to Barcelona in midweek, while Gabriel comes in for Per Mertesacker at the back.

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Varela, Carrick, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Rashford.

SUBS: Romero, McNair, Riley, Fosu-Mensah, Weir, Januzaj, A. Pereira

ARSENAL: Cech: Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Walcott, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck

SUBS: Ospina, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Elneny, Campbell, Iwobi, Giroud
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