Former Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney has challenged Romelu Lukaka and Paul Pogba to prove their class to prevent United from finishing trophyless as they did last season.
The Red Devils’ start to the 2018-2019 season hasn’t been the best and are currently lying eighth on the premier league table with a negative goal difference. Rooney believes it is now up to senior figures within the squad to step up and deliver for the club.
United’s all-time leading goalscorer told MUTV: “Jose can do what I know he’ll be doing – he’ll be working with the team and setting them up.
“But I think a lot of the responsibility has to go on the players’ shoulders.
“They go on the pitch, they have to take that responsibility and they have to thrive on it. There will be tough moments throughout games, that is where the big characters have to lead by example on the pitch and almost drag the team through some games.
“You have got players like [Anthony] Martial, Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford and Lukaku. When games aren’t going well, they need to be the players who can just get that goal which wins you the game and calms everyone down.”
“The Christmas period in the Premier League always determines how well you’re going to do for the rest of the season.
“I think it’s an important four to six weeks coming up for United. You have these games and it’s important to take advantage of them. You can either fall away, which would make it almost impossible to get to where you want to be, or you can build momentum and keep closing that gap.
“If you close it to a point where you are putting pressure on the leaders, it can make them look back and think ‘oh, they are on a great run’.
“Hopefully United can do that and then we’ll see where they go from there.”