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Manch­ester: Drop­ping Wayne Rooney had the de­sired ef­fect for Manch­ester United. With their out- of- form cap­tain on the bench, United scored four goals in a sparkling first- half dis­play and over­whelmed cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City 4- 1 in the English Pre­mier League on Satur­day.

Juan Mata, Mar­cus Rash­ford and Paul Pogba scored in a ram­pant five- minute spell just be­fore half­time af­ter United had taken the lead through Chris Smalling, the team’s cap­tain in place of the de­moted Rooney.

United ended a run of two straight league l o s s e s — against Manch­ester City and Wat­ford — that had ruined its win­ning start to the cam­paign and led to wide­spread crit­i­cism of the makeup of Jose Mour­inho’s team.

Rooney bore the brunt of the crit­i­cism fol­low­ing his la­bored dis­plays in the “No. 10” play­maker role, and Mour­inho de­cided to put his 30- year- old cap­tain on the bench in the big­gest call of his United reign to date.

— AFP

Paul Pogba ( C) heads in Manch­ester United’s fourth goal against Le­ices­ter on Satur­day This was Sa­nia Mirza and Barbora Strycova’s sec­ond ti­tle in three tour­na­ments since pair­ing up. The Indo- Czech pair won the Cincin­nati Open last month, but crashed...

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