Wayne Rooney has called on his former Manchester United team mates to do better following a disappointing start to the season.
United sit eighth in the Premier League table and have already been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Championship Derby.
And while many critics have blamed Jose Mourinho for his style of play and for reportedly creating tension behind the scenes by falling out with big names, Rooney thinks the players need to step up.
“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,” United’s former captain told BBC Sport.
“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.”
Earlier in the season there were reports Mourinho had lost the dressing room and the players were accused of playing badly to ensure the Portuguese was sacked.
However, Rooney doesn’t believe any player at the club would do that and thinks they will be working hard to push on.
“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,” he added.
“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.”