Rooney: We will fight for Van Gaal

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has insisted that his side are behind manager Louis van Gaal and will look to turn their fortunes around against Stoke City on Saturday. 

United are currently on a six-game winless streak in all competitions and were recently eliminated from the Champions League by VfL Wolfsburg. The Red Devils also fell out of the top four on the Premier League standings following back to back losses against Bournemouth and Norwich City. 

However, Rooney is determined to decrease the mounting pressure on Van Gaal, who walked out of his press conference on Wednesday due to intense speculation that his position is under threat. 

“You have a lot of people talking about things that they believe are happening,” Rooney told Sky Sports News. “But, in reality, the people who are writing that stuff don't really know anything.

“We are working hard and fighting for the manager to try to get results and turn the season around.”

But, while Rooney has come to Van Gaal’s rescue, the 30-year-old also urged his team-mates to shake off their poor run of form and get back to their winning ways. 

“The last few weeks the results haven't been great for us and it's frustrating and as a player it's hard to deal with,” he said. “We have to be strong and get through it and get the results we need.

“It's normal that confidence is a bit lower and we need to try to lift it as we've got some tough games coming up and we need to be at our best.

“As a group of players we know can do better and we regularly have meetings with the players, myself and the other senior players in the squad, and the manager as well. We are all working together to find the best solution to try to win football matches.”