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Wayne Rooney stands by his manager and believes the players "got off quite lightly"

534   //    16 Feb 2016, 14:36 IST
Rooney is still behind the manager

It has been a less than desirable season for the English Premier League giants Manchester United so far and amidst severe criticism from fans worldwide, club superstar Wayne Rooney has come forward and taken responsibility for the failure. The England forward has reportedly admitted that the players were not up to the task and that has led to poor performances and inconsistency.

When answering questions about angry reactions from fans, Rooney said, "actually the manager has taken a lot of stick for some performances. It's down to us, we're players and we have to perform.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will take a sigh of relief knowing that his star striker is still behind him. 

There have been numerous rumours - amidst criticism from fans, football pundits and former United players - linking other top coaches to the Red Devils, especially former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Louis van Gaal has had to deal with many questions regarding his position at the club due to a string of below-par performances. 

During an interview, Rooney admitted that the players have "got off quite lightly" and also added, “It's a very good group of players, at times it's been frustrating for us as we've under-performed. This is more or less a new team so for ourselves, as a team, we need to win something. The fans want to see us win something again. It's been a few years since we won a trophy”.

The team have only managed to earn 41 points out of possible 78 from 26 league matches played this season. The striker, who regrets getting knocked out of the UEFA Champions League added, “Obviously, the Champions League is massive for this club and it was disappointing to go out of it. And then the Europa League, it would be great if we can win that. It's not where we wanted to be at the start of the season. But it's where we've found ourselves so why not go and try to win it."

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