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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will not start Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash with Arsenal, despite first-choice striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing out through suspension, according to The Mirror.

The 31-year-old had been widely expected to replace the enigmatic Swede, who picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 3-1 triumph overSwansea City before the international break.

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Rooney also started in that victory, but against a dangerous Arsenal side manager Jose Mourinho may look to provide more midfield protection and the skipper could be the one to miss out.

Fellow Englishman Marcus Rashford is in line to lead the attack as United look to climb back into title contention.

This could mark the end of a bad week for Rooney, who was forced to apologise to England manager Gareth Southgate on Wednesday after photos emerged of him drinking at a wedding following the 3-0 win over Scotland.

The former Everton forward missed the subsequent 2-2 draw with Spain due to a minor injury but is likely to be fit to play some part against the Gunners.

Rooney has had a difficult time of it this season and has only made the starting XI once in the Red Devils last six Premier League matches, with many suggesting he is no longer good enough to hold down a regular place at Old Trafford.