Rooney Wants Manchester United Players To “Do Better” Under Jose Mourinho

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard (L) and Wayne Rooney during training.

Reuters / Peter Cziborra

After a tumultuous beginning to the new Premier League season, Manchester United seem to be gradually getting back to their feet after a 2-1 home victory over Everton.

But the problems still persist at Old Trafford, and fans of the Red Devils would be well aware that any kind of slip-up now could be catastrophic as they head into the winter months of the Premier League season.

Former Manchester United player Wayne Rooney may no longer be at the club that gave him so much, but even in the United States, the DC United striker seems to be observing what his former employers are up to.

The 33-year-old was asked to comment on the current scenario at United by Football Focus, and the interview was subsequently shared on the BBC website. Needless to say, Rooney realized there were worrying signs at his former chomping grounds.

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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,” Rooney admitted.

“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 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 discussed the need for players to have “respect” for the shirt that they were pulling on, and called upon his former teammates to improve their performance in the wake of immense media scrutiny.

United’s top goalscorer of all time has since moved across the Atlantic and galvanized his career at DC United, somehow ensuring that the club makes the MLS playoffs, and has already endeared himself to the team and its fans.