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.

Rooney axed, van Persie plays against Fulham
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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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