Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney is set to be dropped by Jose Mourinho for Manchester United’s high-octane Premier League clash with Arsenal this Saturday.
Mourinho would face an uphill task for lining up the United attack for Saturday’s Old Trafford showdown. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has received a one-match suspension for picking 5 yellow cards in the Premier League so far this season and will not be available for Saturday’s high-voltage encounter with Arsenal.
It is understood that Mourinho would choose Man Utd prodigy Marcus Rashford to lead the attack on Saturday, which could leave the Red Devils captain Wayne Rooney on the bench for yet another game.
Rooney went down the pecking order after a series of sloppy performances for the Three Lions and Manchester United.
Rooney has found life difficult under new manager Jose Mourinho after a series of sloppy performances this season. The England skipper has faced an uphill task in sealing a permanent place in the United first team and was linked with a move to MLS side La Galaxy and Premier League club Everton.
Wayne Rooney’s last goal in the league came against Bournemouth in the opening fixture this season on 14th August. He broke his prolonged goal drought in the Europa League clash with a stunning goal against Fenerbahce.
The Man Utd legend has showed sparks of improvement with every passing game before putting up an inspiring performance in the 3-1 win over Swansea – where he earned two valuable assists.
Rooney has earned only one start for United in the last six Premier League games and now he is set to face the axe again as Mourinho is looking for more pace and youth power up front.
Earlier, Rooney skipped the pre-match Three Lions training and pulled out of the friendly clash with Spain and it was believed that he was suffering from a minor knee injury. However later the Man Utd captain drew huge criticism after he was caught on camera in a drunk state after heavy drinking at a private party.
Mourinho is set to fight a tough battle as he will be without the services of Ibrahimovic, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and potentially Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini.