Manchester - Jose Mourinho insists Wayne Rooney can still be
a key figure for Manchester United despite dropping the England striker for
Saturday's 4-1 win against Leicester.
Mourinho left Rooney on the bench after a series of
underwhelming performances from the United captain and he wasn't missed as the
Premier League champions were crushed at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata, who stepped into Rooney's number 10 role, was
among the scorers, but United manager Mourinho is adamant his axed star remains
an important member of the team and is not sulking about the decision to leave
"Wayne Rooney is a big player for me, United and this
country. He is my man, I trust him completely. He is happy," Mourinho told
Sky Sports after Rooney was limited to a seven-minute substitute appearance at
the end of the second half.
After United were beaten in their previous two league games,
Mourinho couldn't afford his Rooney gamble to backfire and he delighted with
the way his team blitzed Leicester with a four-goal first half.
"It was a very good performance and result. It is not
easy against them and not easy to win in the style that we did," Mourinho
"Today we had intensity, movement and dynamism. To be
back home and beat the champions is good. Last season we couldn't beat them and
this season we have beaten them twice already.
"We have lost six points in the Premier League. We have
four victories which is really important.
"Today it is about the security and the happiness of
the fans, I don't know when the last time that they had such a scoreline at