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Rooney could be benched

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Rooney could be benched.

Jose Mourinho insists Wayne Rooney’s status as Manchester United captain will not save him.

Rooney have struggled in this season and Jose might put him off the eleven.

Rooney has scored just once in eight games for club and country in 2016-17, with Paul Pogba’s stuttering start to life back at Old Trafford having attributed to Rooney’s deployment in the No.10 role.

Rooney could be benched

Asked if the captain’s armband gave Rooney more leverage in selection matters, Mourinho said: “No, not at all.

Today Manchester United will play Leicester today at Old Trafford.

“I think there was a Wayne before the Slovakia-England and a Wayne after the Slovakia-England,” Mourinho said.

England won 1-0 in Trnava but Rooney did not impress in a midfield role.

Mourinho added: “I am not blaming Sam [Allardyce, England manager], not at all.

 

“I am blaming the people that after England-Slovakia were, in my opinion, too strong with somebody that is a very important player in the history of English football.

“I think it was too much but I still think, a big boy like he is, he has to face it in a strong way.”

Mourinho also insisted his captain is not too important to be dropped from the starting XI.

United forward Anthony Martial will miss the visit of Leicester because of heavy bruising on his calf and ankle.

Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are fit for the game.

Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel has overcome concussion but has a muscle strain which could delay his return.

Marcin Wasilewski will miss due to the red card against Chelsea, while Nampalys Mendy will not be risked.