Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has leaped to the defence of under fire manager Louis van Gaal, according to the Daily Mail.
The Dutch boss has been under increasing amounts of pressure at Old Trafford following a dismal run of six games without a win.
During that time, the Red Devils have been knocked out of the Champions League and suffered losses to promoted sides Bournemouth and Norwich.
The sacking of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea last week has also added fuel to the fire, with the Portuguese’s shadow looming large over the Theatre of Dreams in recent days.
However, skipper Rooney, who has also been criticised for not being anywhere near his best, has jumped to defend the under fire former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach.
‘We have to be strong and stay together to get the results we need’, stated the 30-year old England captain.
‘We are working hard, we are fighting for the manager to try and turn the season around.’
The nation’s all-time top goalscorer has also been the subject of abuse this term after a serious of largely ineffective outings for the club.
However, the former Everton youngster has vowed to improve as they bid to save their decaying season.
‘I know that I have not been playing well and I’m working hard to try and improve and do my best for the team.’