Even so, Rooney believes that the United squad is strong enough to mount an effective challenge to Liverpool and Manchester City, who won the title last season by a record 19-point margin, becoming the first team in English top-flight history to reach 100 points.
He told Sky Sports: “The manager is always the one where the buck stops and Jose Mourinho has been the most successful manager in football in the last 20 years, along with Pep Guardiola, and he’s going through a hard moment over a couple of seasons”.
The result means United have started a Premier League season with two defeats in their first three games for the first since 1992.
United lost 3-0 to Tottenham last night as Mourinho suffered his heaviest home defeat ever as a manager.
“You can see it. Jose Mourinho looks unhappy when this should be a dream job for him”, Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“Three wins out of three – it’s been a fantastic start”, said the 25-year-old. “They were better in the first half but we dominated from then on and the clean sheet was a bonus”, said the Argentine.
Whatever it is, it was said the Portuguese boss is no longer supported by his players with the loss against Tottenham labelled as evidence.
“We spoke at half-time and Jose [Mourinho] said they hadn’t had one corner, one cross, or one unsafe opportunity”.
“Another silly, stupid goal”.
But what set about the rant from the manager who has tasted top flight success with Chelsea?
However, it’s nearly comical to envision United hiring the Spaniard, should Mourinho exit the club.
‘When you play the way you play, when you create what you create, when we miss the chances that we missed, when at half-time everybody was frustrated but totally convinced that we were going to win the match. At the final whistle, the way they were clapping was really nice for the players after a disappointing result.
“And obviously to the fans that came out tonight, we’re sorry, we’ll be better next week”.
“But if you’re a manager, you’d be saying to your players: “Cut the silly mistakes out, keep getting this possession rate and shot rate, and we will win far more games than we’ll lose”. I am sorry to the fans, not just the ones here but those at home that watched and supported us”.