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Manchester United vs Leicester City: line-ups - Rooney dropped

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Rooney has been dropped. We repeat: Rooney has been dropped. This is not a drill

Manchester United v Middlesbrough - Capital One Cup Fourth Round Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has not been named in the Red Devils’ starting line-up for the visit of Leicester City.

There has been a general clamouring from fans for Rooney to be dropped from the side in recent weeks, following a string of below-par performances, and manager José Mourinho has decided the time has come to remove his skipper from the staring XI.

Luke Shaw also misses out, having picked up a minor groin injury in the defeat to Watford last week; Daley Blind starts at left-back.

Jesse Lingard returns to the side for the first time since being substituted at half time in the Manchester derby two weeks ago, with Marcus Rashford also starting.

Mourinho’s selection suggests a move back to a 4-2-3-1 formation, having experimented with 4-3-3 in the last three games.

United line up as follows: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Pogba; Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Rashford; Ibrahimovic

United’s bench: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Young, Rooney

Leicester go with: Zieler; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Amartey, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Vardy, Slimani