Wayne Rooney criticises Manchester United players as Alan Shearer slams ‘complete mess’

Erik ten Hag&aposs side were dominated in the derby on Sunday before being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by last season&aposs beaten finalists. It is the first time they have conceded three goals in back-to-back home defeats since 1962.

Pressure is growing on Ten Hag and the footballing world have had their say on United&aposs woes. The Dutchman has a quick turnaround to fix several issues before Saturday&aposs Premier League trip to Fulham.

EXCLUSIVE: Some United players starting to doubt Ten Hag

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Rooney criticises players

Wayne Rooney knows Ten Hag will accept the criticism coming his way but insists the United players must take responsibility for their terrible form.

United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, following a dismal 3-0 defeat at home to Newcastle. They have now endured their worst start to a season since 1962, having lost eight of their 15 matches across all competitions.

Ten Hag has come under growing pressure in recent weeks but retains the backing of the United hierarchy, with chief executive Richard Arnold claiming the club are making &aposgood progress&apos. And while Rooney understands that fingers will be pointed at the manager, he believes the players are not fulfilling their responsibilities on the pitch.

“That&aposs the job,” Rooney said of the pressure on Ten Hag. “That&aposs part of the job, we all know that when we take jobs. I know coming here [Birmingham City] there is a lot of pressure. I&aposm sure Ten Hag knows that at Man United.”

See what else the former Reds forward had to say here.

Shearer slams United

Alan Shearer is the latest pundit to stick the boot in on United after the shambolic defeat to Newcastle.

United went into Wednesday&aposs match needing to make amends after being dismantled by neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday. Instead, they were even worse and lost 3-0 for the second time in four days.

The usual caveats of several players being injured can hardly be used to defend Erik ten Hag this time, either, as Newcastle deployed a second-string side. Eddie Howe made eight changes to his starting XI but the visiting Magpies were still a cut above the hapless home side.

First-half goals from Miguel Almiron and Lewis Hall put Newcastle in the ascendency and a third from Joe Willock on the hour made the match a formality. United&aposs defence of the Carabao Cup came to an end with hardly a whimper.

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