Wayne Rooney has responded to the criticism aimed at Manchester United in the past few days in an interview with MUFC TV.
The England and United captain was appearing alongside boxer Anthony Crolla and his trainer Joe Gallagher, and believed that the media tend to join the hype when it comes to slating the team after a set of bad results.
“That’s football, I think. We don’t win in three games and, of course, everyone is going to talk about it. We had a bad week, a bad eight days where we’ve lost three games, and it’s important now we react well to that and come through that.”
Rooney also addressed the overwhelming amount of abuse he has received in recent weeks after a string of dismal performances.
“Yeah, I think I’ve had that my whole career – a little bit more of late, I think, but that’s football. I listen to my coaches and my team-mates, the people around me, and I don’t really listen to what a lot of people out there are saying because a lot of it is rubbish.
“I have to focus, work hard, of course, and I’ve done that throughout my career. I’ve worked hard and tried to do my best for the team.”
Ahead of Saturday’s game against defending Premier League champions Leicester, Rooney also spoke of his belief that he can play in a number of positions, before repeating earlier sentiments.
“I’ve done that [played in different positions] throughout my career. I feel I can play in all positions but I think the manager has made it clear either I’ll play up front or in the no.10 and that’s where he sees me playing.
As I said before, it’s not just myself – the whole team is going in and working hard. We had a bad week but we’ve been working hard to put that right.”
Rooney sounds like a man who is being overly defensive and one that is revealing the inner friction visible within Old Trafford at the moment.
Jose Mourinho has taken aim at his own players in recent days, in particular Luke Shaw, and this is unlikely to help boost team morale.
The Red Devils will need to get their season back on track against the Foxes on Saturday, with the pressure on Mourinho’s shoulders rising.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.