Rooney axed, van Persie plays against Fulham

Updated: 25 August 2012 22:34 IST

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney to the bench and handed Robin van Persie his first start for Saturday's clash against Fulham at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney to the bench and handed Robin van Persie his first start for Saturday's clash against Fulham at Old Trafford.

Match report: United beat Fulham 3-2

Rooney was axed after a lacklustre display in United's 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday and van Persie, signed from Arsenal for £24 million, started up front in place of the England striker.

Van Persie, who made a 22-minute substitute appearance at Everton, was the lone forward in United's attack, with Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa playing just behind the Dutch star.

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