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Jose Mourinho finally makes key Manchester United change by dropping Wayne Rooney

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been dropped by Jose Mourinho as they prepare to face Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The 30-year-old has come under significant criticism in recent weeks, as he has struggled to have a positive impact in the No.10 role behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Despite showing plenty of faith in him during that time, Mourinho has evidently decided that a change is now necessary and has gone with Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard behind the Swede.

Having bounced back in midweek in the EFL Cup after losing three matches in eight days, the Portuguese tactician will hope that his side can now build up some momentum with a good run of results.

With the additional pace, creativity and movement in the trident behind Ibrahimovic, he will hope that they can link up play between the lines more effectively and keep the ball moving quickly in their attacks while also allowing Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera to have a positive influence on proceedings.

It will certainly be a disappointment for Rooney to lose his place in the starting line-up, and time will tell as to whether or not he can react positively to the setback if he is able to come off the bench and influence matters in the latter stages of the game if required.

Man United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Blind, Pogba, Herrera, Rashford, Mata, Lingard, Ibrahimovic

Leicester City XI: Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton, Slimani, Vardy

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