Wayne Rooney won't start for Manchester United against Stoke City

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Wayne Rooney will not feature in the starting lineup for Manchester United when they take on Stoke City in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.

According to Sky Sports News, it has been reported that Rooney will not start the game for United on Sunday, however, he will start for the Red Devils when they take on Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford in a Europa League fixture on Thursday.

United boss Jose Mourinho left out the long standing United servant when they took on Leicester City at the weekend, and it was a display that saw a dominant United demolish last season's champions, easing to a 4-1 victory.


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In particular, United's performance was highlighted by the world class display of their midfield.

Paul Pogba put in possibly his best performance for United since his record-breaking return to Old Trafford, a performance that far exceeded any other player on the field in the 'passes made' statistics.

The Frenchman was given much more freedom in the middle of the park, especially with Rooney absent from the starting XI, so it came as no surprise when he netted his first goal for the club since returning from Turin.

Pogba's outstanding efforts were rewarded in the 42nd minute of the match when he was able to get himself on the end of a corner and header home past the helpless goalkeeper.

It was the third United goal on the day to come from a corner situation, and it was the fourth goal of the match, capping off a 4-1 victory for the home side.

Rooney did feature in the victory over Leicester, however, when he came on for Marcus Rashford in the 83rd minute. It prompted a huge response from the Old Trafford faithful, who extended him the warmest of welcomes onto the pitch.

After the game Rooney was said to be happy for his teammates, and also to be in good spirits despite his team striving to such a convincing victory without him in their ranks.

Chris Smalling has publicly backed his fellow United and England teammate, saying that Rooney is still 'the main man' in both camps.

He said: "Regardless of whatever the situation is, whatever game, whether he is on the bench or playing or whatever, he is always that same type of character and that's why he is England's main man and our main man."

Rooney joined United in a £25.6 million transfer from his hometown club Everton - a team of which he is a life-long supporter - back in 2004.

Since making his United debut, Rooney has gone on to make 374 appearances for the club, scoring a whopping 179 goals.

He is capped by his country 116 times, and has scored 53 goals, a feat which makes him England all time highest goal scorer. 

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