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Surprise omission from Man Utd team photo

Mourinho keen to step away from the club's less than successful recent past
Mourinho keen to step away from the club's less than successful recent past

Manchester United's official team photograph has been issued with one major element missing - the FA Cup trophy won by the club at Wembley last May.

While the absence of German international Bastian Schweinsteiger was no surprise after he was cut from the plans of manager Jose Mourinho back in August, there is confusion why the trophy United won last season is not at the feet of the new United manager.

In its place stands the Charity Shield trophy Mourinho collected in his first big game as the club's new boss, with the absence of the FA Cup a clear attempt by Mourinho to distance the club from the Louis van Gaal era at the club.

Mourinho made it clear when he arrived at United that he was keen for the club to "forget the last three years" that have seen United fall from their perch at the top of English football following the retirement of legendary manager Alex Ferguson.

While the FA Cup win against Crystal Palace at Wembley last May was the first trophy won by United in the post-Ferguson years, Mourinho appears to be keen to step away from the triumph as he looks to start his own dynasty at Old Trafford.

Here is the team photo released by the club on Thursday, with skipper Wayne Rooney looking less than happy in the image as he was given a prime perch next to boss Mourinho.