Manchester United Football Club have had a slow start to the season. Jose Mourinho is failing to get the right tune out of his superstar squad.
A poor transfer window certainly didn’t help proceedings, while things in the dressing room seemingly aren’t as pleasant as you’d like in a team that is expected to challenge for major honours.
Wayne Rooney, who is now tearing up the MLS for DC United, has had his say on the situation. He reckons that the players have to stand up and take control, because, at the end of the day, the manager can only do so much.
“The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season,” ex-England forward Rooney said, per the BBC.
“I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up.”
“The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce and probably collectively,”
“It [the form] is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better.”
The manager is always the fall-guy. That’s the modern-day game. Football has changed so much during Mourinho’s time in the dugout. He’s got to adjust with it, but he shouldn’t cop all of the stick that is heading in United’s direction at the moment.
That’s one of the many things I loved about Rooney. He always stood up to be counted whatever the situation, whatever was unfolding in the dressing room.
His attitude never once came into question as soon as he stepped over that white line, he knows more than most about fall-outs with managers, because his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson was hardly brilliant when the great man decided to call quits on his illustrious managerial career.