Rooney, Van Persie rested for Galatasaray clash

Published: Nov 20, 2012, 09:34 IST | Agencies

With qualification to the knockout stages already secured, Alex Ferguson has opted to rest Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Rio Ferdinand for the Red Devils' Champions League trip to Galatasaray tonight

United secured their passage with a 3-1 win over Braga 3-1 a fortnight ago to make it four wins out of four so far. 

And with his team looking to maintain their Premier League title challenge, Ferguson has opted to rest a number of senior names including Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia and David De Gea in favour of some of the club’s younger players like goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and defender Tom Thorpe who have featured at Under-21 level for the club and are capped at England Under-19 level.

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