Manchester: Wayne Rooney says Man United's players should take the blame for their less than attractive style of play rather than under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.
Man Utd's Wayne Rooney (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the FA Cup fourth round match between Derby on Friday. Pic/AFP
The United manager was booed following the 1-0 defeat by Southampton in the Barclays Premier League, but Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata eased the pressure with the goals in the 3-1 win over Derby in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night.
After the game Rooney said the players had to take their fair share of the blame for a season which so far has them in danger of missing out on qualification for the Champions League.
"It's unfair to say it's down to the manager. 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 always want to win, and we're trying. Even when you're giving 100 per cent, it doesn't always come off and thankfully it did in our last match," Rooney told the media here.
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