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Wayne Rooney on the bench for Manchester United at West Ham

Manchester United's captain is back in the squad, but only makes the bench for this evening's FA Cup clash with West Ham.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Captain [Adjective Yet To Be Determined] is back! Almost!

Yes, Wayne Rooney has returned from injury and will be taking a seat on the Manchester United bench tonight. This means Marcus Rashford continues up front, providing him with an immediate opportunity to bounce back from his withdrawal at half-time against Tottenham.

There are a few changes from last Sunday's collapse. Juan Mata has been replaced by Ander Herrera, who will be flanked on either side by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard. Unless Louis van Gaal has decided to persist with the Lingard-as-a-Number-Ten experiment, in which case poor Ander Herrera will be chugging up and down the right wing. Let's hope not.

Morgan Schneiderlin, who was okay against Tottenham, has been dropped, so Michael Carrick, who was rubbish against Tottenham, will be partnered by Marouane Fellaini. He, presumably, will have some Andy Carroll-watching to do.

In defence, it's as you were. Timothy Fosu-Mensah has recovered from his knock and will play at right-back, alongside Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo. Yes, really.

On the bench with Rooney, Mata and Schneiderlin are Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Memphis Depay and Ashley van Nistelrooy. Buckle up, kids. It's going to be awful.