Date: 4th March 2017 at 11:56am
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Captain Wayne Rooney has been surprisingly included in Manchester United’s starting XI to face AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League at Old Trafford this afternoon (12:30).

The 31-year-old, who was left on the bench during last Sunday’s EFL Cup final victory over Southampton at Wembley Stadium, has scored just five goals and provided ten assists in 29 appearances in all competitions for The Red Devils so far this season.

However Rooney, who is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 250 strikes to his name, has been named in the starting line-up by manager Jose Mourinho to take on The Cherries later this afternoon, with United unbeaten in the top-flight since October and looking to climb into the Premier League’s top four with victory.

Given Rooney’s legendary status at The Theatre of Dreams, many United fans were understandably delighted to see the forward start his first league game since December 17 (vs West Brom)…

Some fans were even confident enough to predict the skipper will get on the scoresheet today…

However, not all supporters were overly impressed with the ‘Special One’s’ inclusion of the 31-year-old today…

Let’s see if Rooney proves his doubters wrong this afternoon…

 
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