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Rooney-less Manchester United thrash Leicester 4-1

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Action Images via Reuters  Carl Recine Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Action Images via Reuters Carl Recine
Spencer Simpson | 26 September, 2016, 00:58

"Rooney is a big player for me, a big player for United and a big player for his country".

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has praised Paul Pogba's performance in the 4-1 win over Leicester City as his best yet since returning to England.

There are those left over from Alex Ferguson's reign, such as Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young, and the players recruited under David Moyes' brief tenure, such as Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata.

"His team won, his United won, that's normal".

"If he [Rooney] is on the pitch or at home, he is my captain".

"I think we started well for the first time I can say [this], because normally our second halves are better than the first". It did well for us. The most expensive player in history, succeeded Paul Pogba scored his first goal with the shirt of United in the 42nd minute after an assist from angular Blind from restarting.

"Today we had intensity, movement, good dynamic, defensively we were very strong against a team that is easy to analyse but hard to cope with". You score four goals and your striker doesn't score a goal and I think Ibra played phenomenal.

"We were very strong against a team that is very easy to analyse but very hard to cope with".

They had four goals to show for their efforts as Leicester were no match to United's slick and dominating display.

Mourinho chose Ander Herrera to partner him instead of Marouane Fellaini or Michael Carrick, and Pogba played noticeably further forward, often interchanging with Mata.

Rooney, meanwhile, could only applaud from the bench as the goals flew in.

Mourinho watched his side blow Champions Leicester City away with an impressive first half display.

"They're not 100 per cent as I always think this hard moment where you really feel that you have to win the match I prefer to go with players who are 100 per cent ready by the physical point of view and mental point of view".

With the new captain getting the first goal, Rooney's replacement in the No. 10 position got the second. Pogba clipped a short pass to Jesse Lingard, whose flick found Mata just inside of the area and he fired home in the 37th. The visitors were caught napping as Blind took a quick corner and Mata was free to square for an unmarked Rashford to finish from close range.

The first half actually got off to a slow start, with neither side attempting a shot on target in the opening 20 minutes of the contest between these two heavyweight teams.

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