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With the England captain facing stiff competition for a place in Mourinho's starting line-up, Al Hain-Cole is backing his international team-mate to come up with the goods

After failing to find the net while playing as a striker against League One Northampton Town in midweek, Wayne Rooney faces a fight to retain his place in the team when Manchester United take on Leicester City on Saturday.

England’s record goalscorer has come under intense scrutiny for his performances both in midfield and up front this season and is priced at a relatively long 6/1 (7.00) with Skybet to open the scoring at Old Trafford, or 2/1 (3.00) to merely strike anytime.

Instead, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are joint 4/1 (5.00) favourites to break the deadlock after putting in strong claims for a starting spot with influential performances from the bench in the EFL Cup.

Having struck a late winner against the Foxes in August’s Community Shield clash, four-goal top scorer Ibrahimovic is the slight 11/8 (2.38) frontrunner to get on the scoresheet, while Rashford is on offer at 6/4 (2.50) after hitting the back of the net for the second match in succession on Wednesday.

Also criticised for his recent performances, Paul Pogba is available at 9/4 (3.25) to begin really justifying his hefty price tag with his first goal for Jose Mourinho’s men.

At the other end of the pitch, Jamie Vardy will be looking to maintain his strong record against a team he has scored past in the three of his last four encounters. With two goals to his name in five league matches so far, the 29-year-old offers excellent value at 9/4 (3.25) to pile more pressure on the Red Devils with another at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, record signing Islam Slimani is available at 11/4 (3.75) to follow up his two debut goals in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Burnley with another productive performance against more high profile opponents.

That pair’s movement should provide even more room for the influential Riyad Mahrez 3/1 (4.00) to weave his magic, while the pace of Ahmed Musa 7/2 (4.50) is also sure to cause problems for a team that has looked rather shaky recently.

Vardy to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 9/4 (3.25) with Skybet

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