Former Old Trafford hero and Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney sends message to Solskjaer ahead of Tottenham clash, but that came after he had admitted that it wasn’t easy to watch the 5-0 defeat last weekend.
The current Derby County manager said “it wasn’t easy to watch” the Red Devils be run off the pitch by their rivals, but he came away most concerned by “too many players not willing to run back, not willing to defend and not willing to put everything on the line for that club”.
He further added that the display was “unacceptable” as he added to a chorus of criticism against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
Before, sending his message to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rooney told reporters that he is seeing players who are not willing to defend nor put everything on the line for the club.
According to Wayne Rooney “”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.
“Those players need to be hurt, need to feel when you lose games how much it hurts you.
“There is a big responsibility on those players. They are world-class players, international players and a club like United need more.
“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.”
Meanwhile in his message to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he Rooney admitted that he knows the United boss to be a fighter and believes he will try his best to get good results with the games ahead of him.
“Obviously there’s pressure on Ole – everyone can see that,” he said. “But I know Ole and he’s a fighter. He’ll keep doing the right things, believing in what he believes in, and trying to get more out of those players.”
In general, former Manchester United players and coaches have been brutal in their assessments of the club this season, with Rooney joining Gary Neville and Sir Alex Ferguson in criticising the club this month.
The pressure has registered with the players; on Wednesday, forward Marcus Rashford admitted to feeling embarrassed in the wake of the Liverpool loss.