Wayne Rooney leads crisis talks with Louis van Gaal amidst sack rumours

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Wayne Rooney led a group of senior Manchester United players in a crisis meeting with beleaguered boss Louis van Gaal, according to the Daily Mail.

The under-fire Dutchman is reportedly close to losing his job, and could be shown the door if the Red Devils' lose their next Premier League fixture against Stoke- with axed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho lined up as a potential replacement.

Van Gaal has overseen just three wins in his last 13 games in charge - the last of which came on November 21 against Watford.

That has prompted speculation that the Manchester United board, who had previously been supportive of the former Bayern Munich boss, are considering their options after the recent slump in form.

The Mail claim that there are discussions going on behind the scenes on the pitch as well as in the boardroom, with Rooney - along with Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata - part of a group that held talks with Van Gaal on everything from his tactics to his hardline training regime.

The paper adds that they also fear that the injuries suffered by numerous high-profile players are down to the fact they are being over-trained, while there's also fears amongst the club's Spanish contingent of players, namely Mata and Ander Herrera, that their lack of regular playing time in their favoured roles could cost them a spot at Euro 2016.

As it stands the players and the manager are committed to turning things around at Manchester United, and Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, has today insisted that no official approach has been made from within Old Trafford.

"We don't know what will happen in the future, but now there is no agreement," said Mendes. "There isn't an official proposal either, that's not true." 

Van Gaal is also said to have spoken with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in an attempt to clear the air between the management and the players.

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