Manchester United bounced back from two successive league defeats with a resounding 4-1 win against Leicester at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils opened the scoring after 22 minutes before running riot with three further first half goals to secure victory. A blistering strike from Demarai Gray was but mere consolation for Leicester City as they were defeated 4-1.
Wayne Rooney left out of starting XI
The 30-year-old was previously deemed un-droppable, yet found himself on the bench for the visit to Leicester.
His role at United and England has been in the spotlight for sometime with his recent performance below the previously high levels sustained in his career.
It was a decision vindicated by a resounding result for the Red Devils after four goals found the back of the net in a blistering half of football.
Following two successive league defeats the axe was brought down on Rooney, with his role in the starting XI now insecure.
Leicester crushed by Mourinho’s Men
The Manchester United manager is well known for his attention to detail, with three first half goals coming from corners securing the result.
Leicester’s mix of zonal and man marking was easily picked apart by the visitors’ pin-point accuracy from dead ball situations.
The Foxes are renowned for their team ethos and hardworking attitude in maintaining a strong defence, yet had no answer to United’s approach.
With a weakness clearly exposed the champions will return to the training ground with an additional focus, while Manchester United reassert themselves as contenders for the league title with this convincing victory.
Pogba dominate in his display
The 23-year old was given a more advanced role within central-midfield in a dominate display from the world record signing.
His imposing presence in the middle of the park was too much for the inexperienced Daniel Amartey, who was well beaten on the day.
With flair, a touch of class and a powerful header the Frenchman asserted himself on the match, leaving the Foxes with little hope of a positive result.
After successive losses it was the level of performance his side needed to reaffirm their pursuit of the Premier League title.
Leicester showing signs of their busy schedule
Facing a 4-0 deficit at half-time the Foxes were quick to remove star players Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez at the break.
With a busy schedule Leicester City are struggling to maintain a consistently high level of performance across a variety of competitions.
The UEFA Champions League is a priority as the team builds towards their midweek fixture against FC Porto.
It remains to be seen how much of an impact those endeavours will have on their league position as the Foxes begin to slip down the table.