Man Utd icon Wayne Rooney blasts players for ‘unacceptable’ laziness and says Red Devils ‘need more’ from their stars

WAYNE ROONEY has launched a damning attack on Manchester United’s flops, accusing them of ‘unacceptable’ laziness.

The United legend claims too many players are shirking their responsibilities on the pitch and are not hurting enough from Sunday’s 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool.

Man Utd's players have been blasted as 'lazy' by Wayne Rooney


Man Utd’s players have been blasted as ‘lazy’ by Wayne RooneyCredit: PA
The United legend, and current Derby boss, took aim at the squad after the humiliation against Liverpool


The United legend, and current Derby boss, took aim at the squad after the humiliation against LiverpoolCredit: Alamy

Former club captain Rooney declared: “United’s players have to question themselves, look at 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 their job – and I don’t think they’re doing it well enough.

“There are high demands at that club, high pressure and I’m seeing too many players not willing to run back, not willing to defend, not willing to put everything on the line for that club. And that’s not acceptable.

“There’s a big responsibility on those players. They are world-class international players – and a club like Manchester United need more.

“Those players need to be hurt, need to feel that – when you lose games – how much it hurts you.”

Under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now faces a crunch run of games that will decide his Old Trafford future – starting with tomorrow’s trip to Tottenham.


But Rooney – United’s record scorer with 253 goals – believes the board will have a plan ready if they sack the manager soon.

He added: “Whatever decision they make, they’ll feel it’s the right one. What I know is you can’t just bow down to what people want.

“There’ll be a plan in place – whether that’s with or without Ole. They’ll come out and speak on that or make decisions at the right time, I’m sure.

“They’re very educated people at the top at United. I’m sure they’ll be looking at everything to see how they move forward.

“United are going through a difficult period. Everyone can see there’s pressure on Ole.

“But I know Ole, he’s a fighter, he’ll keep doing the right things, believing and trying to get more out of those players.”

Derby boss Rooney was as stunned as anyone by the Liverpool result.

He admitted: “It wasn’t easy to watch. Liverpool are a fantastic team, similar to United in world-class players. The only difference is they’re working off the ball.”

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