Now it’s Wayne Rooney’s turn to have a pop at the media, following the lead of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal has found himself under increasing pressure and stunned reporters at Carrington on Wednesday when he walked out of his weekly press conference after taking just three questions.
In a five-minute rant, the Dutchman accused the media of trying to undermine him in his position as United manager.
Rooney has sympathy for his manager and insisted the United players are working hard to ease the pressure on Van Gaal.
“We all have families and sometimes there’s a lot of stuff that gets written which is not nice for your family to see,” Rooney said.
“It’s okay for me to deal with but there’s people in my family who aren’t used to it and it’s tough for them.
“Obviously you have a lot of people talking about things they believe are happening but in reality a lot of people who are writing that stuff don’t know what’s happening.
“We’re working hard and fighting for the manger to try to get results and turn the season around. It’s important we all stick together.”
Rooney also says that United’s current slump is hurting the players, and is aware of the need to improve fast.
“As a group of players we know we can do better and we’re all working together to try to come up with the best solution to help us win football matches.
“It’s not nice when you’re getting criticised every game. It’s tough for the players to deal with. We get hurt because we’re proud people and proud to play for Manchester United. When it’s not going right it’s hard to take and frustrating.”