Wayne Rooney has insisted Manchester United’s players are still behind beleaguered boss Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils’ all-time top scorer has watched on from across the pond as United have endured an indifferent start to the campaign.
United are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games, a run triggered by a last-gasp win over Newcastle before the international break.
They were then pegged back by a stoppage-time Ross Barkley strike to draw at Stamford Bridge but returned to winning ways against Everton on Sunday.
Mourinho remains under huge pressure at the Theatre of Dreams and has a fractious relationship with United chief Ed Woodward after the club’s failure to land a centre-half over the summer.
But Rooney, who left Everton for DC United in the summer, insists United’s stars are still playing for the Portuguese manager.
“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,” he told the BBC.
“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 team-mates.
“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.”
United return to action in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off as they travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth .