Football: Wayne Rooney chides teammates for letting down manager David Moyes

Manchester United's manager David Moyes walks on the pitch ahead of his team's English Premier League football match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013. Manchester United's players have let down Moyes after makin
Manchester United's manager David Moyes walks on the pitch ahead of his team's English Premier League football match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013. Manchester United's players have let down Moyes after making the club's worst start to a season since 1989, according to striker Wayne Rooney. -- PHOTO: AP

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United's players have let down new manager David Moyes after making the club's worst start to a season since 1989, according to striker Wayne Rooney.

The defending English Premier League champions won 2-1 at Sunderland on Saturday but they have claimed just 10 points from their first seven league games and lie six points below leaders Arsenal in ninth place.

"Obviously the manager is under a bit of pressure but we know as a team it's us who have let him down," Rooney said, in comments reported by several British newspapers on Monday.

"We have to pull together for the manager and show the sort of fight we have done (in Saturday's 2-1 win at Sunderland) and we'll be fine. This will be a transition season because it's a new manager with different styles and we have to adapt to them. More importantly, we need to do better for him than we have been."