Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney ruled out of Arsenal clash

Manchester United must make do without Wayne Rooney against Arsenal on Sunday as the captain misses out with a dead leg.

Captain Wayne Rooney is unavailable for Manchester United's Premier League encounter against Arsenal, manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed.

The striker sustained a dead leg in last weekend's 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace and was replaced by Radamel Falcao at halftime at Selhurst Park.

Rooney has failed to recover in time to face Arsene Wenger's men at Old Trafford, in a match that could have ramifications for third place in the Premier League, with Van Gaal also confirming to United's official website fullback Luke Shaw is unavailable.

However, Robin van Persie has recovered from a virus that saw him miss the visit to Palace and is in line to face his former club, while Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo are also available.

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