Rooney absent as United face Norwich

AFP| Updated: Dec 28, 2013, 20:14 PM IST

Norwich: Wayne Rooney was a surprise absentee from Manchester United`s squad for their Premier League clash against Norwich on Saturday.

Rooney had scored in United`s 3-2 win at Hull on Boxing Day but just 48 hours later there was no sign of the England striker at Carrow Road.

The 28-year-old, who has scored 11 times for United this season, didn`t travel with the champions to Norfolk and there was no immediate explanation for his absence.

Javier Hernandez replaced Rooney in United`s starting line-up, with the Mexico striker supported by Ryan Giggs and Shinji Kagawa, while Michael Carrick started in midfield.

Defender Rafael da Silva also missed out with a groin problem and Serbia`s Nemanja Vidic returned as one of five changes by boss David Moyes.