Wayne Rooney is unlikely to feature against Leicester City on Saturday after featuring in Manchester United’s 3-1 over Northampton in the League Cup.
The skipper played the full 90 minutes at Sixfields Stadium, just three days after playing the entire game against Watford on Sunday.
Rooney was subject to widespread criticism following a woeful performance against Northampton, with pundits and fans calling for the 30-year-old’s omission from the side.
And as a third game in under a week looms, Jose Mourinho will most likely leave Rooney out of his starting XI for the clash with Claudio Ranieri’s side.
The game against Leicester acts as an opportunity to see how this United side performs without Rooney’s sluggishness infecting their attacking movements. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all lurking, there are innumerable combinations available at Mourinho’s fingertips.
United fans will hope that, given the long-awaited opportunity, a full strength side, with the likes of Pogba and Mkhitaryan able to roam free in their favourite positions, can produce an emphatic performance and make it clear to the entire footballing world that this side is painfully handicapped by the 30-year-old.
Saturday could – strong emphasis on could – be the moment that the pro-Rooney agenda amongst Mourinho and Co finally subsides.