Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy believes Manchester United players have effectively downed tools in order to get Jose Mourinho sacked.

The former Chelsea boss was sacked by United on December 18 just after a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

United have quickly appointed their former striker as an interim manager until the end of the season and is yet lose since he stepped into the breach.

However, Murphy says the Red Devils players must hold their hands up for their performances under Mourinho.

Murphy said: “They are putting a shift in and putting the effort in, that’s the biggest part of it.”

“However disgruntled you are with the manager it is your duty to go out and give your everything.”

“You have to give 100 per cent effort in every training session and every single match.”

“Can those players say they did that for Jose Mourinho?”

“Aside from the Juventus win, I never saw that kind of performance from every single Manchester United player.”

“So they have to hold their hands up, whatever reason that was.”

“But all credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he’s come here with a clear plan to play on the counter-attack and he’s done incredibly well.”

Meanwhile, former United captain Gary Neville admits the interim manager has motivated the squad and the players are putting in extra effort for him.

Neville said: ”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is picking the profile of player Manchester United need and that’s players who have the energy to get from box to box quickly and counter-attack with quality.”

“At Wembley, it was the acid test. It was the moment where people said could he live in a big game and could he live against the big managers.”

“Second-half I thought it was about spirit, desire and hanging on a little bit. The players were playing for the manager.”

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