Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been dropped to the bench for the visit of Premier League champions Leicester to Old Trafford.
Subject of much criticism and scrutiny this season, the 30-year-old’s place in the starting line-up has been widely debated.
Rooney started last Sunday’s Premier League game at Watford and against Northampton in midweek in the EFL Cup, but United manager Jose Mourinho today named him among the substitutes.
Mourinho made eight changes to the side that won at Sixfields on Wednesday, with Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera retaining their place.
Mourinho said Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw were available in the build-up, but neither were in the squad. The latter is understood not to have recovered in time from a small groin tear.