Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has revealed that manager Jose Mourinho is an easy target to be blamed for club’s poor performances.
United have played eight Premier League matches so far this season but they managed to win only four of them.
Mourinho, who is said to have fallen out with a big number of Red Devils players, is now under pressure following his side’s poor run.
The former Chelsea boss’ future at Old Trafford has come under intense scrutiny. But former United captain believes that his former side’s players including former teammates would also be blamed for the poor performance.
“The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce. Probably collectively it is a bit of everything coming together, but Jose is an easy target,” Rooney is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“I know Jose is getting a load of stick but the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better. I said the same thing when Louis van Gaal was there. He took a lot of stick but behind closed doors, I said to the players we have been 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 now. It’s a young team, and it’s a different pressure. Quite a lot of those players maybe haven’t faced this before and they haven’t got the senior players, which I had there as a young player, to help in those difficult moments. There are not enough of them to help you through it.”
Rooney, who is currently playing for US side DC United, has left the 20-time Premier League champions in the summer of 2017 for boyhood club Everton.