Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United to lift their performances.

Wayne Rooney: Manchester United squad are fighting for Louis van Gaal

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney insists the players are fighting to ease the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal and turn the club's season around.

Van Gaal has found himself under increasing scrutiny after a six-game winless run which has seen United exit the Champions League and fall nine points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester.

The Dutchman walked out of his weekly press conference on Wednesday after accusing the media of trying to undermine him in his position as United manager.

Rumours have been circulating all week that Van Gaal could lose his job with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho now available and reportedly willing to take the United hot seat if the opportunity arises.

But Rooney hopes United's players can save Van Gaal's job.

"Obviously 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 know what's happening," Rooney told Sky Sports News HQ.

"We're working hard and fighting for the manger to try to get results and turn the season around. It's important we all stick together."

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