Wayne Rooney turns spotlight on Man Utd’s "not acceptable" players

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Wayne Rooney has fired a broadside at Manchester United’s work-shy stars.

The Old Trafford legend reckons they should be embarrassed watching themselves admitting he’d found the 5-0 home mauling by Liverpool difficult viewing.

Rooney is United’s all-time record goalscorer and says he wouldn’t stand for the way so-called world class players are not putting a shift in.

The Derby boss sprang to under-pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence saying the performance of big money stars was unacceptable.

Rooney said: “There is a big responsibility on those players. They are world-class players, international players and a club like United need more.

“Those players need to be hurt, need to feel when you lose games how much it hurts you.

“I’m seeing too many players not willing to run back, not willing to defend and not willing to put everything on the line for that club and that’s not acceptable.”

Rooney added: “Are you telling me that’s the manager’s fault or the players’ fault? I don’t know.

“The players have to question themselves. It’s too easy for the manager to take all the stick when those players are being paid a lot of money to do the job and I don’t think they’re doing it well enough.”

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The former England striker added: “United are going through a difficult period – a difficult couple of weeks.

“Obviously there’s pressure on Ole – everyone can see that. But I know Ole and he’s a fighter. He’ll keep doing the right things, believing in what he believes in, and trying to get more out of those players.

“The Liverpool game wasn’t easy to watch but that’s football.

“Liverpool are a fantastic team, similar to United in world-class players, with probably the best player in the world at the minute in Mo Salah but the big difference is they are working off the ball. That’s the only difference.”

Rooney says he’s confident the UNited power-brokers will get things right,adding: “Whatever decision they make they’ll feel it’s the right decision.

"What I know is you can’t just bow down to what the Press want or what the fans want. I’m sure United have a plan in place whether that’s with or without Ole.

“They will come out and speak on that or make decisions on that at the right time, I’m sure.


“They are very educated people at the top of the club. I’m sure they will be looking at everything to see how they move forward in the near future, whether that’s with Ole or without.”

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