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Man United boss not to blame for form - Rooney

Wayne Rooney has defended the manager repeatedly this season. Credit: PA

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has once again stressed the players - not manager Louis van Gaal - must take the blame for the team's poor season.

United lost 2-1 at Sunderland on Saturday and ended the weekend 10 points adrift of third-placed Arsenal in the Premier League.

And Rooney reckons the squad have "got off quite lightly", with Van Gaal taking "a lot of stick" for their below-par performances.

It's a very good group of players. At times it's been frustrating for us as we've under-performed.

And actually the manager has taken a lot of stick for some performances. It's down to us - we're players and we have to perform.

At times this season we haven't done that. In terms of that, we've probably got off quite lightly and the manager has taken a lot of it.

But we're going on the pitch. We have to create chances and win games and we haven't done that enough this season.

– Wayne Rooney

Coleen and Wayne Rooney announce birth of new baby boy

Coleen and Wayne Rooney have announced the birth of their third child with dual messages on Twitter.

"Our gorgeous little Boy arrived today!!" Ms Rooney tweeted.

The pair have named the new addition Kit Joseph Rooney.

The couple, who married since 2008, have two other children, Klay and Kai.

Rooney: Man United defending isn't good enough

Wayne Rooney scored twice in the 3-3 draw. Credit: PA

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says his side's defending needs to improve if they're to progress up the league.

At Newcastle on Tuesday night Louis van Gaal's men conceded three as they could only muster a draw, much to Rooney's frustration.

After going 2-0 up, we were in control of the game, and then we've let them back into it. To then get our third goal and concede again was disappointing from us.

They were silly goals to concede on our behalf and they were avoidable. They have cost us two points so we're disappointed.

We can't keep going on conceding three goals every game, so we have to work on that and create the chances without giving goals away.

You can score as many goals as you want, but if you keep conceding goals, then it's a problem. We have to keep trying to get that balance right and keep creating chances, scoring goals and keeping them out.

– Wayne Rooney speaking to MUTV

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Stoke v Man Utd starting XIs - Wayne Rooney left out

Louis van Gaal has dropped captain Wayne Rooney for Manchester United's crunch game at Stoke.

United manager Van Gaal is under pressure after failing to win any of his last six matches. Speculation has been rife all week that Van Gaal will be sacked if he does not start winning matches.

Wayne Rooney. Credit: PA

Stoke starting XI: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Cameron, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Bojan.

Man Utd starting XI: Man Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Memphis, Martial.

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