Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has backed the club's manager Jose Mourinho and urged the players "to be better" to take the pressure off him.
The 32-year-old, who departed Old Trafford for Everton in 2017 as the club's all-time leading goalscorer, has been keeping tabs on the Red Devils from the United States where he now plies his trade with MLS outfit DC United.
And, with Mourinho coming under fire following United's worst start to a league season for 29 years, Rooney is adamant that the players should be stepping up to the mark to keep the Portuguese's critics at bay.
I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up.Wayne Rooney
There was evidence of support from the dressing room on Saturday when the side fought back from two-down to beat Newcastle 3-2 and Rooney has called for more of the same.
The former England international said: "The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season.
"I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up."
"The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce and probably collectively," Rooney added in the Telegraph.
"It [the form] is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better."
United face Mourinho's former club Chelsea after the international break on 20th October and they are 4/1 to win at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are 3/4 to pick up the three points and the draw is available at 29/10.
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