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Wayne Rooney says the Manchester United players have let new boss David Moyes down but believes they will soon be firing on all cylinders
All eyes have been on Moyes after he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer and his tenure has not got off to the greatest of starts following three Premier League defeats.
It was almost four defeats at the weekend as Sunderland were leading 1-0 before young forward Adnan Januzaj bagged a brace to earn the Reds a 2-1 win.
Moyes is clearly under pressure but Rooney says the players have been under-performing and it is now down to them to get the season back on track.
Rooney is in no doubt that will happen and says a period of transition is inevitable.
“Obviously the manager is under a bit of pressure, but we know as a team it’s us who have let him down,” he told national newspapers.
“We have to pull together for the manager and show the sort of fight we have done here and we’ll be fine.
“This will be a transition season, because it’s a new manager with different styles and we have to adapt to them.
“More importantly we need to do better for him than we have been.”
Rooney has also hailed Moyes for giving Januzaj a chance against the Black Cats and is tipping the youngster for the top.
“There was big pressure on us, but the manager has trusted him and he has repaid that,” he added.
“He’s very confident, that’s great to see. A lot of the young players who come through are a little bit timid and shy, but he looks comfortable and he’s confident in his own ability, which you need to be.
“It was a brave move to play him in the circumstances and we’re delighted it’s paid off.”