DC United striker Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United players to do more in a bid to help their manager Jose Mourinho to get the season back on track.
Mourinho side are now in eighth place on the Premier League table after three defeats, two draws and five wins including Sunday’s 2-1 win over Everton.
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Therefore, the former Chelsea boss has come under pressure and his Old Trafford is in doubt.
In an interview with Football Focus, published on the BBC Sport website, Rooney said: “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.”
“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.
“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.”
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Rooney 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.”
Rooney has also dropped a hint on the difference between Premier League life and Major League Soccer.
“It is a bit more relaxing for us as a family. If you want to go to the supermarket or pop out and get a coffee then it’s quite easy to do,” he said.
“At times in England it could be a bit difficult, but here not that many recognise you, or they are really respectful when they see you, so that is definitely a big difference.”
“To walk around and have a bit more space and time to enjoy with your family was something a bit different to what I’m used to.”
“I am really enjoying it and I think the team are playing well, producing great football, so hopefully that continues.”
The 33-year-old, who is United’s all-time top scorer, left the North West side in the summer of 2017 for his boyhood club Everton.
The former Red Devils and England captain spent just one season at Goodison Park before moving to MLS side DC United in June 2018.