No Rooney for United as City make six changes for Palace game

Manchester United took on Norwich at Carrow Road without England forward Wayne Rooney, who did not travel to Norfolk.

No Rooney for United as City make six changes for Palace game

Norwich v Man Utd

Manchester United took on Norwich at Carrow Road without England forward Wayne Rooney, who did not travel to Norfolk.

With Holland striker Robin van Persie injured, Javier Hernandez was in attack, supported by Ryan Giggs and Shinji Kagawa, while Michael Carrick started in midfield.

Defender Rafael also missed out with a groin problem, while Antonio Valencia was suspended after picking up a red card late in the 3-2 win at Hull.

Norwich, beaten by Fulham on St Stephen's Day, made a few changes as Ryan Bennett came in at centre-back for the suspended Michael Turner, while Russell Martin played at right-back. Wes Hoolahan was drafted into a five-man midfield as Gary Hooper led the attack.

Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Johnson, Fer, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Redmond, Hooper.

Subs: Whittaker, van Wolfswinkel, Bunn, Elmander, Garrido, Becchio, Murphy.

Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Kagawa, Giggs, Hernandez.

Subs: Anderson, Lindegaard, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Fletcher, Zaha, Januzaj.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Man City v Crystal Palace

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini made six changes to his starting line-up as the Blues looked to extend their 100% home record by beating Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium.

Yaya Toure and Alvaro Negredo were amongst those on the bench, with Edin Dzeko leading City’s attack and Dedryck Boyata starting his first Premier League game for the club since May 2011.

Palace have not recorded a win in this fixture since 1990 and have failed to score more than one goal on their travels since their top flight return, although they did win at Aston Villa on St Stephen's Day and Tony Pulis named an unchanged line-up.

Man City: Hart, Boyata, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Fernandinho, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, Silva, Milner, Dzeko.

Subs: Lescott, Nasri, Negredo, Kolarov, Rodwell, Pantilimon, Toure.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Delaney, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Parr, Puncheon, Ward, Bannan, Jedinak, Bolasie, Jerome.

Subs: Campana, Phillips, Gayle, Jonathan Williams, Moxey, Chamakh, Price.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

Aston Villa v Swansea

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup rang the changes as his side attempted to get back to winning ways at struggling Aston Villa.

Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, captain Ashley Williams, Jose Canas and Jonjo Shelvey were the only players to keep their places from Thursday’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea, their fifth successive game without a win.

Villa have lost their last four and manager Paul Lambert recalled Ashley Westwood after suspension, with Leandro Bacuna and Aleksandar Tonev also coming into the team beaten by Crystal Palace.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Baker, Clark, Luna, Bacuna, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Tonev.

Subs: El Ahmadi, Helenius, Albrighton, Steer, Sylla, Bowery, Kozak.

Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, de Guzman, Canas, Hernandez, Shelvey, Lamah, Bony.

Subs: Amat, Britton, Routledge, Rangel, Pozuelo, Vazquez, Zabret.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

Hull v Fulham

Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor was passed fit for the Barclays Premier League visit of Fulham, just two days after coming off at half-time against Manchester United.

The Scotland international injured his knee in a collision with Ashley Young but passed a late fitness test to take his place in a side that also included the recalled Liam Rosenior, George Boyd and Robert Koren.

The Cottagers had six changes in their starting XI, with Bryan Ruiz making a first start under Rene Meulensteen, but there was no place for star striker Dimitar Berbatov, who remains out with a groin problem.

Hull: McGregor, Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Livermore, Koren, Huddlestone, Boyd, Sagbo.

Subs: Bruce, Meyler, Graham, Fryatt, McShane, Harper, Faye.

Fulham: Stockdale, Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Riise, Sidwell, Karagounis, Dejagah, Kasami, Ruiz, Rodallega.

Subs: Kacaniklic, Richardson, Boateng, Riether, David, Bent, Bettinelli.

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

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