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Man. United’s Giggs Starts Against Real Madrid; Rooney Benched

March 05, 2013

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs will play his 1,000th game in the British soccer club’s Champions League match tonight against Real Madrid, with forward Wayne Rooney starting on the bench.

Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo is returning to Old Trafford, where he played for several seasons. The first match in Madrid ended 1-1, and the winner over the two-match competition will move to the quarterfinals. Giggs signed a contract extension earlier this month and will return for a 23rd season.

Rooney hasn’t scored in his last six appearances for United.

*t Real Madrid Lineup Diego Lopez Varane Ramos Fabio Coentrao Arbeloa Khedira Ozil Xabi Alonso Di Maria Ronaldo Higuain

Man. United Lineup De Gea Rafael Evra Ferdinand Vidic Giggs Carrick Nani Cleverley Welbeck Van Persie






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