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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.
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...