Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United players must step up to win titles

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho's side have endured a tough start to the campaign and now sit in eighth position, having clocked up 17 points so far.

And Mourinho is remaining upbeat despite feeling a complicated upcoming fixture list will present challenges for United in the coming weeks.

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis claims his side do not fear Manchester United in the same way they may have done in the past.

In an interview with Football Focus, published on the BBC Sport website, DC United striker Rooney said: "Obviously they are going through a hard period at the minute, but José Mourinho is very experienced and I think some players have to do a little bit better".

Asked if he is confident Martial will stay, Mourinho said: 'I don't belong to the discussions of contracts.

Pogba, Marshal on target as Manchester United edge Everton
I think the goalkeepers now know his run-up and they don't move, they are waiting until the last second for his decision. You have to go a tad early because he has so much power but unfortunately it just bounced back out".

Tottenham Hotspur are the only Premier League team to win at Old Trafford this season following a 3-0 victory over Manchester United in August.

He said: "When you are outside the top four I don't think you should speak about the title". "When you are top four, and I believe we are going to be, you can look up and see the distance, look at the fixtures and the calendar and the situation".

Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard were back on the bench against Everton last weekend and Mourinho says the duo are now fully-fit and in contention to start tomorrow afternoon. A win for the Cherries will maintain momentum and if they can keep things tight at the back again, belief in Eddie Howe's more pragmatic approach will strengthen. "They are ready to play really".

The Red Devils have not been very convincing since the start of this season - with many blaming the problem on the manager, Jose Mourinho.

After Pogba's laborious spot-kick run-up against Everton, comprising almost 50,000 steps and taking the best part of three hours, United have moved to prevent the game being held up by the playmaker's set-piece protocol. "Last week was an effort from them to be available to help the team".

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