Manchester United's Wayne Rooney insists that the squad will not listen to their detractors.
Wayne Rooney has made a defiant statement after his Manchester United side were put under more pressure after an opening day defeat to Swansea City.
United were expected to being the season in strong fashion but ended up being beaten by the Swans at Old Trafford and it has led to heavy criticism directed at the squad.
However, Rooney, who scored United’s goal on Saturday, has insisted that the players are determined to have a good season and that people are simply wanting the Red Devils to fail.
“We are not out to prove people wrong,” he insisted. “We are out to win things for ourselves, the fans and this club.
“We know last season was a disaster. It wasn't good enough. And it’s always a bigger story when Manchester United struggle – you are going to get ex-players having their say. We have to accept it and be ready for it.
“We know that if this club is successful it is great and if it is not then there are a lot of people who are waiting for you to fall so they can get at you. We have to make sure we are successful. We have to make sure last season was a one-off because that was not good enough.”
United slumped to a seventh placed finish last season, but the initial signs that Van Gaal would be able to improve the squad were encouraging.
The side enjoyed an unbeaten pre-season as they toured America and beat some of the top clubs in Europe in doing so.
However, as the competitive season started again, they looked out of sorts and slipped up – getting beaten by unfancied Swansea.
It was a result that has led to serious questions being asked of the quality of United’s squad and whether they have the mental strength to be able to represent a team under so much pressure.
There has been some high-profile criticism of the side, but Rooney’s words are those of a captain taking his role seriously and should have helped to create a siege mentality in the squad this season.
Even so, Van Gaal may suggest that there is credence in the opinion that his squad needs strengthening if they are to meet expectations this season and reach the top four.
United have been linked with a host of players this summer, but have struggled to get deals over the line with time running out to conclude business.
Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have been the only high-profile additions at Old Trafford so far this summer and there is a growing frustration at the lack of incoming transfers.
Arturo Vidal, Mehdi Benatia, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo have all been linked to the club, but a deal for any of their signature still appears some way off and until United do make a statement, either on or off the field, criticism is likely to continue to come.