Wayne Rooney: Blame players not Van Gaal

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has defended underfire manager Louis van Gaal.

Friday night’s FA Cup win against Derby County is likely to provide only a temporary reprieve for the Dutchman, who has presided over United’s worst-ever points tally at this stage of a Premier League season.

However Rooney believes the players have been the real villains of United’s damaging slump this season, not their manager.

“It’s unfair to say it’s (down to) the manager,” said the captain.

“We’re on the pitch, so the players have to take a lot of responsibility for performances and results.

“We have to stand up and take criticism when it’s there.”

We want to win, of course — we always want to win — and we’re trying.”

“Even when you’re giving 100 per cent, it doesn’t always come off.”

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