Michael Carrick has played down all claims suggesting that Manchester United players are not playing for manager Jose Mourinho in order to get him sacked.

The Red Devils are now struggling since the start of the new Premier League season as they lost three times in eight games.

Mourinho’s side are now eighth on the Premier League table with seven points behind joint leaders Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Before United’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United, it was suggested that the players are planning to get Mourinho sacked following a series of bust-ups with key players.

However, Carrick, who is the first-team coach at Old Trafford, has dismissed all those suggestions insisting that United players do care.

Carrick told Sky Sports: “As a player at United the expectation is there, the scrutiny is there and nowadays every little move you make people jump on it and judge it.”

“The lads are human beings who make mistakes. It’s too easy to throw out a player who is not trying. It’s definitely not the case.”

The former United captain has also hailed the impact Mourinho is having on his managerial career.

“He’s been fantastic with me,” the 37-year-old added.

“The situation I’m in at the moment, my first job after being a player so there’s huge element of learning and trying to soak up as much as I can to improve myself.”

“But at the same time I’m there to do a job and there’s a responsibility there. He’s been great with me.”

“He’s given me plenty of things to do and at the same time, he’s trying to help me develop. I couldn’t have asked any more of him.”

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