The former Premier League star Wayne Rooney has urged ‘some’ Manchester United players to step up their game and help Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils are not going to through the best of times, as they currently sit in the 9th place, with a 9-point deficit to city rivals Manchester City.
Weak defensive displays and rather mediocre attacking movements have so far highlighted United’s season. Additionally, it seems Jose Mourinho is struggling to keep a good atmosphere in the dressing room.
Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, and Alexis Sanchez are all underperforming under the Portuguese manager this year, which might be the principal reason of team’s disappointing results.
Therefore, Wayne Rooney has tried to influence some of his former teammates to show more ‘respect’ to the shirt they wear.
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“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.
“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 teammates.
“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,” he told BBC.
During his 13-year-spell at the Old Trafford, the 33-year-old forward has collected a total of 559 appearances across all competitions, having bagged 253 goals and added 146 assists.
The ex-Manchester United skipper has won 5 Premier League trophies, as well as, one Champions League and Europa League title before heading towards the MLS side DC United back in 2017.