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Man United team news: Key absentee for Everton trip due to silly suspension

Man United forward Wayne Rooney will not feature against his old club Everton this weekend after picking up a suspension in the EFL Cup win over West Ham United.

The 30-year-old was shown his fifth yellow card of the season in the 4-1 win at Old Trafford, thus ruling him out this weekend at Goodison Park which will undoubtedly be a major disappointment for him.

Further, it will also delay his hopes of equaling Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record for another week at least but he’ll hope that it doesn’t put it off for too much longer.

The England captain was booked by referee Mike Jones for dissent after reacting angrily to a foul on Edimilson Fernandes, and in fairness both parties could be criticised.

Rooney will be well aware of the new rules on dissent and risked getting booked for his reaction, while Jones showed no patience or leniency in the incident and was quick to brandish the card.

Nevertheless, that will matter little at this stage as the suspension will kick in, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all impressing in the win over the Hammers, Jose Mourinho will be confident that he has more than enough firepower to produce a good performance against the Toffees this weekend.

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