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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, who currently plays for DC United in the MLS, has hit at out those criticising Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. Rooney believes Manchester United players need to perform better.

Manchester United have had a poor start to the season. The Red Devils are placed eighth in the Premier League, having yielded just 13 points from eight games.

United’s 3-2 comeback win against Newcastle United on Saturday was United’s first win in all competitions since September 19.

“For the players and the manager, it has been a tough start to the season. I know Jose is getting a load of stick but the players have to stand up,” said Rooney, according to the Mirror.

“They have to be counted and they have to be better.

“I said the same thing when Louis van Gaal was there. He took a lot of stick but behind closed doors I said to the players we have to be doing better.

“Personally I think he set us up brilliantly, but we didn’t produce on the pitch. So I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes now.”

Rooney believes Mourinho is an easy target for critics but insists it’s down to the players to perform when on the pitch.

“The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce. Probably collectively it is a bit of everything coming together, but Jose is an easy target,” Rooney added.

Who do you blame for Manchester United’s poor start to the season, the players or Jose Mourinho?