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Jose Mourinho's three surprise decisions for Man Utd vs Burnley

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Manchester United face Burnley this afternoon in a must-win game for Jose Mourinho's men.

Following Wednesday's 1-0 win over Manchester City in the EFL Cup, the Red Devils will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

Indeed, not since last month's 4-1 mauling of Leicester City have United won in the league, taking just two points from a potential nine since.

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Here's how Mourinho's side will line up against the Clarets:

David de Gea; Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw; Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba; Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford; Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Much has been made of the selections Mourinho has made in recent weeks, with his starting line-up to face Burnley at Old Trafford no different.

WAYNE ROONEY BENCHED

Wayne Rooney was ruled out through injury against Chelsea last weekend and, having recovered from a muscle strain, he's been brought back into the fold.

However, for the fourth Premier League game running, the 30-year-old will start on the bench.

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Mourinho recently explained how he will never sell United's captain but he clearly has no intention of reinstating the striker-turned-midfielder anytime soon.

"[Rooney] is a top player, a very important player for us," the Portuguese said, per BBC Sport. "He is going nowhere - we like him, he likes us."

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN ABSENT

"He is not injured, he is training with the team 100 per cent," is what Mourinho said of Henrikh Mkhitaryan following Wednesday's win.

And yet, for one reason or another, the Armenian winger has once again failed to make United's match-day squad to face Burnley.

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Rumours continue to suggest a January move could be in the offing but it remains an utter mystery why Mourinho refuses to play Mkhitaryan.

What a waste of £26 million.

JUAN MATA CAPTAIN

With Rooney on the bench and Chris Smalling out injured, Mourinho had a big decision to make regarding who to give the captain's arm band.

The Portuguese is renowned for making bizarre decisions and he made another one ahead of the Burnley clash, naming Juan Mata as skipper.

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Bearing in mind, this is a player who Mourinho once threatened to sell having done the very same during his days at Chelsea.

How times change.

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
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