Mourinho tells Man Utd skipper Rooney not to complain…

Rooney was dropped for the English Premier League game against champion Leicester on Saturday in Jose Mourinho's biggest call in his short time in charge at Old Trafford.

He told Sky Sports: "It's unbelievable what happened because we started very well and for the first 20 minutes it was our match".

Rooney's former United team-mate Gary Neville is among those backing the forward to play a key role at the club in the coming years, as he suggests he will be able to adapt to the reality that his first team place is no longer guaranteed.

It proved a good decision, with United winning 4-1 and Rooney's replacement at No. 10 — Juan Mata — scoring.

"I have to analyse this odd match because we start very well", Ranieri said.

"His team won, his United won".

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And Rooney believes that it will be the flawless opportunity for Mourinho's men to gain revenge on their bitter local rivals.

The England worldwide missed United's defeat to Rotterdam that week but was poor in the 3-1 loss to Watford and 3-1 win over Northampton before being dropped against Leicester. But the pressure finally told on 37 minutes as great interplay between Mata, Pogba and Lingard allowed the Spaniard to celebrate his 150th EPL start in style as he fired past Zieler into the far corner.

"I think you try to shut it out but I think in the way that we all as players know we are a lot better than we've put on in these performances", he said of the background noise.

"If I don't play [Marcus] Rashford, you ask me why".

"With what happened in the league, it's a chance for us to get revenge for that result". This was their second competitive win over Leicester this season, having already beaten them to win the Community Shield. If I leave out Rooney you ask me why, but I can not pick them all. "So we changed the team to play against Leicester, the specific qualities they have". To be back home and beat the champions is good.

  • Lawrence Cooper