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As Manchester United's form has dipped over the past week or so, the calls for Wayne Rooney to be dropped by Jose Mourinho have intensified.

The clamour to denounce the England captain hit fever pitch after yet another lacklustre performance in United's 3-1 defeat to Watford on Sunday. Indeed, a poll conducted on Monday by online fanzine 'Red Issue Sanctuary' saw 99 percent of respondents urging Mourinho to leave Rooney out of the starting XI.

Well, according to a report from The Sun's Neil Ashton, the majority of United supporters may have got their wish.

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Per Ashton, Mourinho appears set to leave Rooney out of his starting line-up for next Saturday's crunch clash against reigning Premier League champions, Leicester City.

"Mourinho is also set to axe captain Wayne Rooney for Saturday’s clash with Leicester following another poor performance at Vicarage Road," Ashton writes.

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Given a three out of 10 in the Manchester Evening News' player ratings for his efforts in the Watford game, Rooney has been facing mounting criticism this season, with many arguing that he is past his best and simply doesn't fit into the United system under Mourinho.

If the Portuguese sticks to his reported plans, fans will get to see how accurate that is as Rooney takes his place on the bench for the first time in the Premier League this season.

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The veteran striker-come-midfielder sat out last Thursday's Europa League defeat to Feyenoord but he has started every domestic game in Mourinho's short reign so far - with in-form youngster Marcus Rashford the man to miss out more often than not.

With the decision far from official at this stage of the week, United fans reacting to the news have done so with a mixture of scepticism, hope and, in some cases, pure joy.

Check out some of the best reactions on social media already...

Having endured one of the toughest run of results in his illustrious managerial career to date - Mourinho hasn't lost three consecutive games since his days with Porto in the early '00s - it is clear that the Portuguese boss feels the need to make some big decisions to address United's slide.

Leaving Rooney on the bench against Leicester would be amongst the biggest he could make.

Right now, though, it might actually win him some support amongst fans who are increasingly concerned after a strong start to his tenure at Old Trafford.

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