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London – Ryan Giggs marked his first match in charge of Manchester United by leaving out David Moyes' two major signings for their clash against Norwich.
Giggs was appointed as interim manager on Tuesday following Moyes' sacking just 10 months after the Scot arrived at Old Trafford.
And the 40-year-old immediately dropped Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who cost a club record £37.1 million from Chelsea in January, as one of six changes to the team beaten 2-0 at Everton in Moyes' final game last weekend.
Mata was named on the bench at Old Trafford, but there was no place in the matchday squad for Belgian midfielder Fellaini, who has endured a miserable season following his £25 million move from Everton.
Fellaini had been on the bench at Goodison Park, but he was missing as Giggs recalled Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck.
Mata, Chris Smalling, Alexander Buttner, Jonny Evans, Nani and Darren Fletcher were the players who made way.
Vidic, Ferdinand, Cleverley and Welbeck were all rumoured to have fallen out with Moyes during the Scot's ill-fated reign.
Giggs, officially a player-manager, resisted the temptation to name himself in the 18-man matchday squad. – Sapa-AFP