Wayne Rooney sensationally accuses the Manchester United stars of a lack of effort and commitment and criticizes their ‘unacceptable’ displays … as he also stops before backing coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
- Wayne Rooney has beaten Manchester United players after their 5-0 loss
- United legend accused United players of lack of effort and commitment
- However, Rooney failed to offer his endorsement to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Wayne Rooney accused the Manchester United stars of a lack of effort and commitment on Thursday night, but fell short of offering his endorsement to coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United’s all-time top scorer, now in charge of troubled championship club Derby, watched in horror as his former club was beaten 5-0 at home to Liverpool last Sunday, casting the future in serious doubt. by Solskjaer.
Solskjaer is holding on to matches against Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City that may determine his fate. While Rooney gave only a tepid assessment of his former teammate, he had no doubt who should take most of the blame.
Wayne Rooney has beaten Man United players after they were humiliated by Liverpool
Rooney (right) decided not to offer his full support to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left)
“There are very educated people at the top of Manchester United,” he said. I’m sure they will be scrutinizing everything to see how they progress in the near future, whether with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or without him.
‘The players have to question and look at themselves. It’s too easy for the coach to take the whole stick when those players get paid a lot of money to do the job and I don’t think they are doing it well enough.
‘There is a great responsibility on those players. They are world class players, international players and a club like Manchester United needs more. Those players need to feel hurt when they lose games.
“There is a lot of demand in that club, a lot of pressure, and I see too many players who are not willing to run, they are not willing to defend, they are not willing to risk everything and that is not acceptable. Are you telling me it’s the coach or the players’ fault? I dont know.’
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United’s hierarchy has resisted calls to fire Solskjaer this week, despite suggestions that he no longer has the support of key figures in the locker room.
After finishing second to City last season, United got Cristiano Ronaldo back in the summer and also added Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, but their performances have slipped, with five losses in their last nine games in all competitions.
Former England captain Rooney made 559 appearances in nearly 13 years at Old Trafford, scoring 253 goals. He won 13 major trophies in that span, including five Premier League titles, an award United have not won since 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season as coach.
He added: ‘The Liverpool match was not easy to watch. Liverpool are a fantastic team, similar to United in terms of world class players that they have and probably have the best in the world right now in Mohamed Salah.
Rooney accused Solskjaer’s players of lack of effort and commitment during the tough loss
But the only difference is that they are working without the ball. In Derby, my players know they won’t play if they don’t work hard enough. There is no excuse for not working. It’s the first thing I said to the players when I accepted the position.
‘Whatever the decision [United] make them feel like it’s the right decision. What I know is that you can’t bow to what [people on the outside] want.
I’m sure United have a plan, whether with Ole or without him. They will make decisions about that at the right time, I’m sure.