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24th Sep 2016

Manchester United thrash Leicester but everyone just wants to take the piss out of Wayne Rooney

Moving on.

Patrick McCarry

This is the end… my only friend, the end.

Jim Morrison knew it and just about every football fan knew it.

Wayne Rooney may not be finished as a professional footballer – slumps are part of the game – but he will not be getting back into Manchester United’s starting XI any time soon.

The United captain dropped to the bench for the visit of champions Leicester City to Old Trafford. José Mourinho made four changes from the side that lost to Watford last weekend and Rooney was the biggest name cut.

United and Leicester shadow-boxed for the opening 20 minutes before the hosts took the lead through Chris Smalling.

The Rooney jokes had already long begun, but the opener – and Juan Mata’s second – sent them into overdrive.

Soon enough, United were 4-0 to the good after goals from Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba. Mourinho’s side were playing with pace, verve and impishness.

Naturally, all the half-time talk was about Rooney.

Good point though…

The old Whitney Houston reference

The second half saw United ease off the throttle and City get a spectacular consolation back through Demarai Gray.

Rooney came on to a warm reception with seven minutes to go. He had some decent involvements after a shaky first touch.

Can’t please everyone.

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