Former Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney has insisted that the clubâ€™s players need to be hurt.
Rooney also defended Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is currently under intense pressure at the club due to the clubâ€™s poor results so far this season.
The Derby County manager said this while reacting to Man Unitedâ€™s 5-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend.
The former England striker believes Man United players must take responsibility for the position the club is in because they are being paid a lot of money, adding that many of them are not willing to defend the Red Devils.
â€œThe Liverpool game wasnâ€™t easy to watch,â€ Rooney was quoted by Goal as telling reporters. â€œI am seeing too many players not willing to run back, not willing to defend and not willing to put everything on the line for that club and that is not acceptable.
â€œThose players need to be hurt, need to feel when you lose games how much it hurts you.
â€œThere is a big responsibility on those players. Theyâ€™re world-class players, international players and a club like United need more.
â€œThe players have to question themselves. It is too easy for the manager to take all the stick when those players are being paid a lot of money to do the job and I donâ€™t think they are doing it well enough.â€
Rooney added, â€œObviously, thereâ€™s pressure on Ole â€“ everyone can see that. â€œBut I know Ole and heâ€™s a fighter. Heâ€™ll keep doing the right things, believing in what he believes in, and trying to get more out of those players.â€
Rooney spent 13 years at Old Trafford, winning every cup available at club level and scoring 253 goals.