Mourinho says dropping Rooney not reason for win v Leicester

Manchester United demolish English champions Leicester City 4-1 as Mourinho leaves traditional club captain Wayne Rooney on the bench, insisting later their performance was not due to his absence.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 24, 2016) (REUTERS) – Jose Mourinho’s reshaped Manchester United destroyed Premier League champions Leicester City 4-1 with a performance that thrilled Old Trafford on Saturday (September 24) and justified his decision to leave out Wayne Rooney.

In a post-match news conference Mourinho played down Rooney’s absence from the starting line-up as the cause behind their dominant performance.

“You know. My reasons are… if I don’t play (Marcus) Rashford you ask me why. If I don’t play (Jesse) Lingard you ask me why, and you prefer always to ask why somebody is not playing. Sometimes when I read you I feel like I know nothing about football, but there is one thing I know, the rules of the game. I can only start with 11, until somebody tells me there is a change with that, I only can start with 11,” said Mourinho.

Three of the goals came via Daley Blind corners from the left as Leicester were handed their third league defeat, as many as they suffered in the whole of last season.

United now sit 6th in the table with 12 points from six games with Leicester dropping to 11th place with seven points.