Wayne Rooney calls on the players of Manchester United to stand up and be counted



The situation at Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney said, was close to when Louis van Gaal was at the helm.

Wayne Rooney has called on the players of Manchester United to stand up and be counted, saying manager Jose Mourinho is a convenient target for the troubles of the club. United came back from two goals down on the weekend to defeat Newcastle 3-2, but are languishing in the Premier League in eighth place, seven points off top spot. Mourinho accused his opponents of launching a “manhunt” after the win to get him sacked after a series of poor results and rifts with players like French midfielder Paul Pogba.

Ex-United captain Rooney, who plays for DC now, though. The players had to take some responsibility for the case, United in Major League Soccer (MLS), said.

It’s hard (at United), it’s been a difficult situation, “It’s tough (at United), it has been a tough situation,”

It was a rough start to the season for the team, the manager. I know Jose is getting a lot of stick, but a few weeks ago, I said, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better.

“The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce, and probably collectively. It (the poor run) is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better.”

The situation at Old Trafford was close to when Louis van Gaal was at the helm, the former England forward said.

“He took a lot of stick but behind closed doors, I said to the players ‘we have to be doing better’. I think he (Van Gaal) set us up brilliantly but we didn’t produce on the pitch, so I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes.”

Since signing for D.C, Rooney now has nine goals in 16 matches. United in June from Everton.

In a late-season surge that left United two points behind Montreal for the sixth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth with two games in hand, the 32-year-old striker played a part.

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