Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has insisted that the players are fighting with Louis van Gaal to turn things around at Old Trafford.
Without a win in six games, United have endured a torrid time under the guidance of the Dutch coach recently. In fact, the Red Devils have been beaten in their past three consecutive matches, which has led to questions over the future of Van Gaal.
Ultimately, though, Rooney and Co. appear to be determined to improve the current situation in Manchester.
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Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ ahead of the Boxing Day clash at Stoke, Rooney stated: "You have a lot of people talking about things they believe are happening but in reality a lot of people who are writing that stuff don't actually know what's happening.
"We are working hard, we are fighting with the manager to try and get the results and turn this season around.
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Hard to take
"The last few results haven't been great for us and it's frustrating and as a player it's hard to deal with so we have to be strong together and try and get the better results we need.
"Of course we haven't won games in the last few weeks I think it's normal the confidence will be a bit lower. We need to try and lift it because we have tough games coming up.
"We need to be at our best to win them. As a group of players we know we can do better."
Rooney has also admitted that it isn't nice to be criticised, but has insisted that the players are proud to play for Manchester United and are working hard to put things right.
Rooney continued by saying: "We regularly have meetings with the players. Myself and the other senior players in the squad and with the manager - we are working together and trying to come to the best solution to help us win football matches.
"It's not nice obviously getting criticised every week every game. It's tough for the players to deal with. We are proud people, we are proud to play for Man United and when it's not going right then it is hard to take."
But there's a big problem
It's not going to be easy for United; they really are struggling and it's certainly not going to get any easier for Van Gaal as he goes in search of redemption.
A tricky test against Mark Hughes' Stoke City awaits on Boxing Day, while United will welcome Premier League champions Chelsea to Old Trafford just two days later.
Rooney, too, has it all to prove right now. The United talisman just hasn't been at it throughout the course of the campaign. With just two goals from 13 Premier League fixtures, Rooney must step up in 2016.
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