Mourinho willing to bench Rooney

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has no problem benching captain Wayne Rooney if he fails to meet expectations. 

Rooney has failed to have an impact this season and has been made to play as a midfielder even though Mourinho was less than impressed with the idea when his predecessor Louis van Gaal first utilised it. 

In his seven appearances in all competitions this season, Rooney has only scored once and notched up three assists. 

There is no doubt that Rooney’s 2016/17 campaign has gotten off to a sluggish start, and Mourinho has insisted that even though he is United’s captain, it won’t save him from losing his place in the starting line-up if he does not improve. 

"No, not at all," Mourinho said. "Wayne is the captain of the club. He's trusted by the players, he's trusted by myself and he represents the club in a fantastic way as a player and person.

"But in football, everyone is the same and if he has to go on the bench, he goes on the bench. If he has to stay at home, he stays at home, but that doesn't mean you don't trust him or you have a problem. Not at all. We have no problems.

"He's our captain, but of course, no privileges. He's like anyone else."

Rooney will be looking to turn his fortunes around when the Red Devils take on reigning Premier League champions Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday. It will be a big game for the rest of the United players as well as the club will be looking to avoid losing their third straight Premier League fixture.