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Wayne Rooney spent a season under Jose Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams before joining Everton on a free transfer in 2017.

Manchester United seem to be struggling in Mourinho’s third season at the club, and are already trailing league leaders Manchester City by nine points, just 10 games into the new season.

There have been rumours of a breakdown in relationship between Mourinho and some Manchester United players, and some rumours even claim that some of the players are unwilling to play for the manager.

However, former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has backed Mourinho to turn things around at the club and he debunked such rumours that a falling out between player and manager can’t cause the players to not play well for the club.

“Obviously they are going through a difficult period at the minute, but Jose Mourinho is very experienced and I think some players have to do a little bit better,” Rooney told the BBC.

“Hopefully they can turn their form around, win a few more games and keep the pressure on the top of the table and get back up there, which is where we all want to see them.

“In my experience, I have never seen or heard of a player not wanting to play in the game because they have had a falling out with the manager.

“I don’t think as a player you could do that, you’ve got to respect the club and the fans and also respect your team-mates. “I don’t think any player, certainly at Manchester United, will be not playing for Jose, I’m sure they’re all working hard behind the scenes to get results.”