Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has branded claims that he and his teammates aren't giving their all for manager Louis van Gaal as 'disrespectful'.
The 34-year-old believes such criticism is unwarranted even despite his side's poor performances this season.
Van Gaal finds himself under continued pressure following his side's 2-0 weekend defeat to Stoke City and a goalless draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday night.
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The Dutchman has also come under fire for his philosophy at United - a system which favours a more pragmatic and patient approach to football than the quick, attacking style of old.
Despite United's poor season, however, Carrick quickly dismissed the idea that the players weren't trying for their manager.
According to Sky Sports, Carrick said: "We haven't won games and it is fair enough if people criticise things that have gone wrong on the pitch.
"It is a bit disrespectful when people say the lads aren't trying for the manager. That hurts us. It's not the type of people we are."
Speculation continues regarding who might replace Van Gaal should the board eventually decide to part ways with the Dutchman.
Recently dismissed Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho remains the favourite among many, with the Portuguese manager having previously iterated his desire to manage at Old Trafford.
Another big name linked to the job is that of Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola, who recently announced his intentions to quit the Allianz Arena at the end of the season in pursuit of a new challenge.
The Premier League is believed to be his ideal destination, though reports have suggested the Spaniard has told friends he will join rivals Manchester City.