England Captain Wayne Rooney left out of Manchester United starting line-up against Premier League champions, Leicester City.
United’s troubled coach, Jose Mourinho insists that Wayne Rooney’s status as captain will not guarantee him a spot in the team.
Rooney who has had a pretty poor start to the season will be sitting on the bench in today’s game against Leicester.
So far this season, it’s been a sluggish season for Wayne Rooney with a big struggle to justify his place on coach Mourinho’s team.
Manchester United have been unbeaten in seven home Premier League games against the Foxes, winning five, drawing two and conceding just four goals in that time.
Jose Mourinho spoke about some new changes to the team reacting badly to “negativity”.
Leicester have won one of their last 18 league trips to Old Trafford (5 Draws, 12 Losses).
They claimed victory over United in January 1998 courtesy of a Tony Cottee winner.
Rooney Left Out Of United Squad Against Leicester
United have scored in each of their last 14 Premier League games against Leicester, netting 33 goals.
Former United player, Gary Neville had this to say about Rooney’s situation:
“It’s the right decision to leave him out today.
“He’s entering a period of his career where he needs to be managed towards the end of his career – it happened with Robson, Giggs, Scholes.
“He can have the same end to his career where he plays 25/30 games a season, still contribute.”
Gary Neville thinks that Rooney should take the rest so he can come back stronger, adding that he had looked strained over the last two weeks.
“It happens to every player, and he should be relaxed about it…
“It’s impossible for him to think he’s the same player he was 10 years ago.
“It’s the right thing for Wayne Rooney: he has looked mentally and physically shot in the last two weeks.
“Have a rest and come back stronger.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho thiks it’s a very “normal decision’ to bench Rooney.
Mourinho Says Rooney Left Out To Rest
Speaking to reporters, he said:
“The question I knew would be Rooney but the question should be why Lingard and Rashford.
“Because they are quick, the way they stretch the agme and when our main striker is Zlatan, we need fast people to surround him.
“The last thing I want to do is hurt players.
“…if Rooney doesn’t play today he plays the next one. In other circumstances it’s just a normal decision.”