So after all the talk, all the speculation, all the debate; Jose Mourinho has dropped club captain Wayne Rooney.
The 30-year-old has struggled for form for some years now, not least this season under Mourinho, with many claiming his time in red is coming to an end.
The world-record arrival of Paul Pogba seemed to have heralded a new era for the Red Devils but fans were becoming more and more frustrated with Mourinho’s stubborn decision not to drop Rooney and in turn, give Pogba more licence to go forward and express himself.
But after three consecutive defeats in a week, followed by a win over Northampton Town in the EFL Cup, calls for Rooney to be axed grew louder, and now Mourinho has listened.
Following Manchester United’s starting XI announcement ahead of their Premier League clash with champions Leicester City, fans took to Twitter to express their sheer delight at the decision.
It’s fair to say they’re absolutely buzzing…
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 24, 2016
Rooney dropped, best decision of the season, out of form.
— Andrew Cooper (@AndrewCoooooper) September 24, 2016
Hallelujah Rooney is dropped!
— Matt Whelan (@Matt_Whelan98) September 24, 2016
Rooney dropped, I'm so proud ???? https://t.co/TbRdMhzIzu
— Adesoye Kuye (@AdesoyeK) September 24, 2016
Rooney finally dropped wow ! pic.twitter.com/F2ZS5SL0mQ
— Kevin (@OneSweetWorld89) September 24, 2016
Rooney dropped to the bench finally
— Siyanda Ngcobo (@MuFFiN_MaaN) September 24, 2016
And he's dropped Rooney????
— Ciaran (@Ciaran394) September 24, 2016
Rooney got dropped, he fully needs to retire looooool
— Ravi ॐ (@rvnandha98) September 24, 2016
Wayne Rooney dropped looks like this the start of slowly ending his UTD career
— Naziraaaa (@NAZCO_LFC) September 24, 2016
Rooney finally dropped. 4 years too late.
— Dean Laybourne (@deanolaybo) September 24, 2016
Rooney finally dropped????
— Chloe (@iChloe88) September 24, 2016
Rooney dropped; it had to be done. Fair play to Jose!????????
— Ross Damen (@Ross_Damen14) September 24, 2016