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As pressure mounts on Louis van Gaal’s position at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney insists players are still fighting for the manager to turn their season around.

United have failed to win their last six games in all competitions, which have included crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage and slipping out of the Premier League top four, while the Dutchman has been criticised for a lacklustre style of play.

The 69-year-old cut a press conference short on Wednesday following suggestions that sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is being lined up as his replacement, but Rooney is adamant that players are still behind Van Gaal.

Wayne Rooney has told Sky Sports that Manchester United players are still fighting for Louis van Gaal

Wayne Rooney has told Sky Sports that Manchester United players are still fighting for Louis van Gaal

Pressure is mounting on the Dutchman after a winless run of six games and criticism over his style of play

Pressure is mounting on the Dutchman after a winless run of six games and criticism over his style of play

United players leave the pitch after a 2-1 home defeat by Norwich, which saw them slip out of the top four

United players leave the pitch after a 2-1 home defeat by Norwich, which saw them slip out of the top four

The Dutchman leaves the pitch at Old Trafford with the sound of dissenting voices ringing in his ears

The Dutchman leaves the pitch at Old Trafford with the sound of dissenting voices ringing in his ears

Speaking to Sky Sports, the United captain said: ‘In the last few weeks results haven’t been great for us and its been frustrating as a player to deal with. We have to be strong and stay together to get the results that we need.

‘Obviously, there are a lot of people talking about things they believe are happening when in reality people writing that stuff and don’t really know what’s happening. 

‘We are working hard, we are fighting for the manager to try and turn the season around. It’s important we all stick together.’

Rooney has also come under scrutiny himself this season following a series of ineffectual displays that have garnered only two league goals, although the England international accepts his form has been poor and he must improve. 

‘I know that I have not been playing well and I’m working hard to try and improve and do my best for the team,’ he said.

United captain Rooney admits that he has not been in form this season and needs to improve

United captain Rooney admits that he has not been in form this season and needs to improve

The striker reels after missing an chance against Norwich, in a season that has brought only two league goals

The striker reels after missing an chance against Norwich, in a season that has brought only two league goals

Rooney has admitted that he and senior players have held talks in an effort to find a solution to their problems

Rooney has admitted that he and senior players have held talks in an effort to find a solution to their problems

ROONEY LEAGUE STATS 2015/16 

Appearances                                 13

Goals                                              2

Shooting accuracy                        43%

Chances created                           13

Passing accuracy                         83%

Duels won                                     33%

Yellow/red cards                           1/0 

‘It’s not nice when you’re getting criticised after every game. It’s tough for the players to deal with but we are proud to play for Manchester United – and when it’s not going right its hard to take. 

‘The way the last few weeks have gone, it’s not the way we wanted it to go but we are working hard to try and make things right and hopefully we can do that,’ he added. 

In a an effort to reverse the team’s fortunes, Rooney admitted that talks have taken place between the players to discuss solutions to their problems, although he insists that is common practice.

‘As a group of players we know that we can do better. We regularly have meetings with the players, myself and the other senior players… and with the manager as well,’ he said.

‘We are all working together trying to come up with he best solution to try and win football matches. I think that’s normal in a club like this.’

Van Gaal stormed out of a press conference on Wednesday after citing distress caused to his family 

Van Gaal stormed out of a press conference on Wednesday after citing distress caused to his family 

Van Gaal reacted amid speculation that sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho (right) would replace him

Van Gaal reacted amid speculation that sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho (right) would replace him

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly given Van Gaal words of support

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly given Van Gaal words of support

Van Gaal stormed out of his most recent press conference, citing the distress caused to his family during the most difficult week of his time at Old Trafford and that is something that Rooney empathises with.

‘Sometimes there’s a lot of stuff written that is hard for our families to take. I can take criticism personally, but there are people in my family that are not used to it and its tough for them. But, that is part of being a football player these days.’

The Red Devils next opportunity to make amends comes with a difficult trip to in-form Stoke City on Boxing Day, a fixture that Rooney knows will present a typical challenge.

Crashing out of the Champions League after defeat by Wolfsburg has been a low point of a poor season

Crashing out of the Champions League after defeat by Wolfsburg has been a low point of a poor season

Rooney is well aware of the battle that faces United in their next fixture against Stoke on Boxing Day

Rooney is well aware of the battle that faces United in their next fixture against Stoke on Boxing Day

UNITED NEXT SIX LEAGUE FIXTURES 

December 26               vs Stoke (A)

December 28               vs Chelsea (H)

January 2                     vs Swansea (H)

January 12                   vs Newcastle (A)

January 17                   vs Liverpool (A)

January 23                   vs Southampton (H)

‘It’s a tough game and the weather always seems to be terrible down there,’ Rooney said with a smile.

‘It’s a chance for us to go there and we know 100% that we will have to battle. Hopefully that can be the start of happy 2016 for us,’ he added. 

While Manchester United have struggled as a team this season, Rooney has passed several personal milestones over the calendar year, including becoming England’s all-time record goal scorer and making his 500th appearance for the club.

However, the 30-year-old claims that any season without winning silverware as a team is disappointing – while refusing to be drawn on England’s chances at next season’s European Championship until the current situation at United has been resolved.

Despite a disappointing season, Rooney has reached several personal goals - including his making his 500th appearance for the club

Despite a disappointing season, Rooney has reached several personal goals – including his making his 500th appearance for the club

The 30-year-old is not considering next year's European Championship until United are back on track

The 30-year-old is not considering next year’s European Championship until United are back on track

‘Personal goals are great when you reach them, but ultimately you play football with a team and that’s the best prize of all when you win a trophy. Its’s been a disappointing year not getting any silverware,’ he said.

‘Who knows what the future holds. We are working hard to try and be successful this season and obviously there’s the European Championship at the end of the season – that’s in the future but now we have to concentrate in the present.

‘It would be unfair for me to talk about England when we are in a fight to turn our season around at Manchester United,’ he added.


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