Michael Carrick has said that Manchester United players are "hurt" by accusations that they are not giving everything for under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.
The Red Devils lost their fourth successive game on Boxing Day when they were beaten at Stoke City – a result that saw them drop to sixth in the Premier League.
The position of Van Gaal has fallen under extreme scrutiny since, with many in the media suggesting United’s poor performances are a result of poor support from his players, but Carrick has strongly denied such accusations.
"I have a lot of pride in myself and in my performances and I think it is a bit disrespectful when people say that the lads aren't trying for the manager," he told the Press Association. "That hurts us a lot, because that is not the type of people we are.
"We haven't won games and it is fair enough if people criticise things that have gone wrong on the pitch.
"But I think to say we are not trying for certain people is quite disrespectful and it hurts us a lot.”
United will attempt to get their season back on track on Monday when Chelsea visit Old Trafford, and Carrick admits they badly need a result against Guus Hiddink’s struggling Blues.
"The run we've been on is just not good enough,” he added. “We can't hide from it, we're not going to hide from it. That is how it is and we all need to be better.
"We've just got to try and turn it round on Monday, it is the only way."