Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United players are still behind Jose Mourinho

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.

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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.

Mourinho’s men are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games (Image: PA)

“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.

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“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 .


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