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Rooney gives honest verdict on Man Utd’s poor form under Solskjaer

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The Red Devils legend has given his verdict on the club’s current crisis as the pressure grows on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Wayne Rooney has defended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting the players should step up and accept responsibility for Manchester United’s problems.

A humiliating 5-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool last weekend has left Solskjaer under immense pressure. Seeing United down in seventh place in the Premier League, along with an early EFL Cup exit, hasn’t helped.

Things reached a boiling point this week when the club board reportedly debated on whether to continue with the under-fire manager or pursue another coach, namely ex-Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.

But Solskjaer remains in charge, and now Rooney has offered his take on the problems at Old Trafford.

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

“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. 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.”

United return to action on Saturday away to Tottenham in the Premier League.