Former England and Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney, has come to the defence of the club manager, Jose Mourinho

Mourinho has been under attack this season due to the club’s running in the league which is their worst start to a campaign in 29 years.

The former skipper believes that the coach can only do as much while the responsibility is on “the players on the pitch to produce and probably collectively.”

Speaking to the Telegraph, Rooney said: “The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season,” ex-England forward Rooney said.

“I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up.”

Prior to the Sunday game against Newcastle United, a British newspaper had reported that Mourinho was going to be sacked regardless the result.

United battled from two goals down to an emphatic 3-2 win. A result which boosted the confidence of the Portuguese despite the club’s management giving their full support before the game.

The 55 year-old former Chelsea coach implied If it “rains in London” or there are “difficulties with the agreements of Brexit” it will be his fault calling the calls for his sack as “manhunt”

Rooney continued by lending credence to Mourinho’s efforts.

“The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce and probably collectively,” Rooney added.

“It [the form] is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better.”

The current situation at Old Trafford couldn’t be any different from what happened during the time of Louis Van Gaal.

Rooney who now plays for MLS side, DC United believes the players failed Van Gaal then and they are failing Mourinho now.

“I said the same thing when Louis van Gaal was there,” Rooney said.

“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 set us up brilliantly but we didn’t produce on the pitch so I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes.”

 

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