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Wayne Rooney returns for Manchester United

Manchester United's captain Wayne Rooney is fit and theoretically firing.

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Manchester United take on Norwich CIty this afternoon in what isn't really a must-win game, but kind of strangely feels like one. So the return of Wayne Rooney to the starting line-up and the captaincy is, depending on how you feel about United's highest-paid player, either a godsend or a harbinger of doom.

We're guessing that Rooney will play as a striker, and will be supported in attack by Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay. Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick will anchor the midfield, which is quite the thing. And injury necessitates further improvisation in defence: Ashley Young and Daley Blind are the fullbacks, and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones their central colleagues.

David de Gea plays. Hooray!

There's some good news on the bench, however, where both Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin return from injury. They are joined by four children -- Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Gullermo Varela, Paddy McNair and Andreas Pereira -- and Sergio Romero.