Jamie Carragher: Why this player will not start for Man United v Liverpool

Jamie Carragher says Wayne Rooney will start from the bench for Manchester United against Liverpool this weekend

Jamie Carragher is not expecting to see Wayne Rooney feature from the start when Manchester United host Liverpool in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils head into the game looking to continue their good recent run of form and having won their last six games in the top flight.

Rooney moved to within one goal of breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goal-scoring record for Manchester United last weekend when he scored the Red Devils’ opener against Reading in the FA Cup.

However, former Liverpool star Carragher is not expecting to see Rooney feature from the start against the Reds, although he does expect Jose Mourinho to use him as a substitute at Old Trafford.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher said: “I’d expect him to be involved, but I don’t expect him to start the game.

“At this moment, he is probably just outside Jose Mourinho’s first XI and the reasons why he played in the cup games against Reading and Hull are possibly also the reasons why he won’t play on Sunday.

“I think he will be on the bench, but everyone is well aware how close he is to that record and I’m sure there isn’t any team he would love more to score that goal against than Liverpool.

“It would be typical for him to come on and score.”

Manchester United head into the game in sixth place in the Premier League table and 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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Liverpool, meanwhile, are second and five points behind the Blues.

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