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Wayne Rooney dropped by Manchester United, Louis van Gaal wants to keep his job

In a shock move, Manchester United's manager has decided not to pick Manchester United's worst attacker to play against Stoke City.

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If we wanted a sign of just how much pressure Louis van Gaal is feeling at the moment, we've been given on. With just two games to save his job -- apparently, reportedly -- Manchester United's manager has done the thing he hates to do most in the universe, and <i>dropped Wayne Rooney</i>.

Admittedly, that might just be because Chelsea are visiting Old Trafford in two days. But still, exciting times. Anthony Martial will lead the line in what looks like a 4-3-3, with Juan Mata and Memphis Depay. Behind them will be some arrangement of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini. We're guessing that the big Belgian will be just off the front.

In defence, Ashley Young and Daley Blind continue to do duty as fullbacks, and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones continue their big-gorm little-gorm partnership in the middle. David de Gea is playing. Hopefully he doesn't chuck another one into the net.

On the bench with Captain Rooney are Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Guillermo Varela, Paddy McNair, Andreas Pereira and, making his way back to fitness, Morgan Schneiderlin. Oh, and Sergio Romero.