Former Manchester United player, Wayne Rooney just showed his support to Jose Mourinho at this difficult period for Manchester United, admonishing underperforming players to “stand up” and take more responsibility.
The 2018-19 campaign has been a testing one at Old Trafford thus far, with as many headlines being made off the field as on it
The club has been forced to dismiss reports claiming that Mourinho is set to lose his job at Old Trafford and Rooney believes the Portuguese have been made a scapegoat for the club’s under performing players.
On Sunday, Rooney told The Telegraph, after scoring both goals for DC United in a 2-1 win over Chicago Fire
“It’s tough [at United], it has been a tough situation,”
“The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season.
“I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up.
“They have to be counted, and they have to be better. The manager can do so much, but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce and probably collectively
“It [the poor run of form] is a bit of everything coming together, but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better.”
Rooney likens the present situation at Old Trafford to Louis Van Gaal’s two-year spell with the club
“I said the same thing when Louis van Gaal was there,” said Rooney. “He took a lot of stick, but behind closed doors, I said to the players, ‘We have to be doing better’.
“Personally I think he [Van Gaal] set us up brilliantly the way, but we didn’t produce on the pitch, so I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes.”