Rooney dropped and Pogba strikes as United thrash Foxes
By Chris O'Brien
September 25 2016

Pogba and Drinkwater

Jose Mourinho hit back at his critics in style, as Manchester United smashed champions Leicester City at Old Trafford, grabbing four goals in 20 first-half minutes.

Thanks The United boss made a significant change from his side's last league outing, as his charges secured a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the floundering Foxes.

Wayne Rooney was left out of the Red Devils XI, fuelling speculation about the future of the Manchester United captain. He featured for the final seven minutes, as Mourinho's men made a statement about their title credentials.

Chris Smalling's header broke the deadlock on 22 minutes, before Juan Mata Garcia doubled the advantage as a dominant United attacked with impunity.

More goals swiftly followed - with Marcus Rashford scoring following his mid-week League Cup heroics. Then, Paul Pogba delivered a message to his own detractors with United's fourth as the Reds posed a clinical threat from corner-kicks.

A stunning strike from Demarai Gray denied David de Gea a clean sheet, but there was no unlikely Leicester revival. This was a result which underlines how the visitors will struggle to match their dream campaign last time around, but equally emphasises the potential of a new-look United.

Attentions now return to the Europa League, and United must look to beat Zorya Luhansk as they seek a maiden victory in Europe's second-tier competition. A Premier League test against Mark Hughes' struggling Stoke then follows.

Full Time - Manchester United 4-1 Leicester City (Attendance - 75,256)