has slammed ’s players and feels they should take ‘a lot of responsibility’ for the growing pressure on .
on Ten Hag becoming the next manager to be sacked amid United’s horrific season so far, with the pressure ramped up after a to .
United are eighth in the top-flight after their opening 10 fixtures – losing half of them – and have won just one game in the Champions League, with new indicating that Ten Hag is on ‘thin ice’ and the club are pondering replacements.
As well as the team’s terrible form, and .
United legend Rooney, though, who is currently manager of Championship club Birmingham City, has pointed his finger at the club’s players as the key problem.
Asked if he had sympathy for Ten Hag amid the mounting pressure, Rooney said: ‘That’s the job. That’s a part of the job. We all know that when we take jobs, whatever job it is.
‘I knew coming here (Birmingham) there was a lot of pressure and I’m sure Erik ten Hag knows that at Manchester United. It’s not going as well as they would like or how they would have hoped.
‘But I think the players have to take a lot of responsibility as well. I know some of the players in there and they are not performing to the levels I know they can.
‘Of course, ultimately, it starts and ends with the manager and that’s part of being a manager.
‘He’ll get critics after the last few weeks but I think the players can do a lot more than what they are currently doing for him.’