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Jose Mourinho reveals his plans for Wayne Rooney after captain was benched


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says striker Wayne Rooney is still in his plans after the Englishman was benched for today's game against Leicester City.

The 30-year-old was a spectator as the Red Devils produced an impressive first 45 minutes against Claudio Ranieri's side.

But the Portuguese believes Rooney is still a "big player" for the club.

"I think the team played very well," Mourinho explained.

"[Today] we were much more aggressive and pressed higher. The team was quicker to react when the ball was lost and we were very objective, we had lots of fast football.

"We played the way we wanted to play and played really well. The preparation for the games is always good. Then the game is the game and there are many things not in your control, that's why football is so beautiful and so loved. But the reality is we played very well until the game was closed.

"You score four goals but your striker doesn't score a goal and yet I think the striker played phenomenal. I think [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic played fantastic in the way he was the start of our attacks. [Juan] Mata thinks football very fast and [Jesse] Lingard and [Marcus] Rashford gave a great intensity for the team, but I prefer to say that my team as a team played well."

"He's [Wayne Rooney is] a big player for me, a big player for United and a big player for this country.

"I don't want to say anything else. He's my man, I trust him completely and he's as happy as I am at the moment. His team won and that's normal, he's happy."

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