Wayne Rooney has laid the current problems at Manchester United firmly at the doorstep of the players, saying they have to do ‘a little bit better’.
Rooney has, of course, won everything there is to win in European club football during his illustrious career at Manchester United, although the Old Trafford based club have seen their fortunes plummet since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Their current poor form has prompted speculation about potential fractures in the United dressing room, with Jose Mourinho’s relationship with a number of his star players said to be strained.
However, having worked with Mourinho in 2016/17, Rooney doesn’t think that the problems are solely down to the manager.
“Obviously, they are going through a difficult period at the minute but Jose Mourinho is very experienced and I think some players have to do a little bit better,” Rooney told the BBC.
“Hopefully they can turn their form around, win a few more games and keep the pressure on the top of the table and get back up there, which is where we all want to see them.
“In my experience, I have never seen or heard of a player not wanting to play in the game because they have had a falling out with the manager.
“I don’t think as a player you could do that, you’ve got to respect the club and the fans and also respect your team-mates.
“I don’t think any player, certainly at Manchester United, will be not playing for Jose, I’m sure they’re all working hard behind the scenes to get results.”
Rooney is currently ripping it up in the MLS having left Everton last summer, where the Scouser has helped propel DC United into the playoffs – despite them being at the bottom of the Eastern Conference when he arrived.