Jamie Redknapp: Man United players hiding behind Louis van Gaal criticisms

Jamie Redknapp runs the rule over Manchester United's 2-1 loss to Bournemouth

Jamie Redknapp says some of the Manchester United players are hiding behind Louis van Gaal.

The Red Devils capped a disappointing week with a 2-1 loss to newly-promoted Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

Van Gaal’s side started the week with a goalless draw with West Ham United at Old Trafford before the Red Devils were eliminated from the Champions League after a 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg in Germany.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Redknapp believes the players are letting down their manager, adding that Wayne Rooney’s return from injury and return to form is key for United.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: “I have an element of sympathy for them today. To be fair to him [Van Gaal] they are full of injuries to people like Rooney.

“But even when Wayne Rooney comes back he’s got to do a lot more. He’s got to get back to the level where he was a year, two years ago. And I think there are a number of players who have been hiding behind the criticisms that Louis Van Gaal has been getting.”

United are in fourth place in the table but are four points behind leaders Leicester City after their surprise defeat by Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side.

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The 20-time English champions welcome newly-promoted Norwich City to Old Trafford in their next Premier League game next Saturday.

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