Manchester United have made a stuttering start to the Premier League campaign, with just five wins from 10 games.
Mourinho has come under intense pressure and it was thought before the Newcastle game earlier this month that he would be sacked regardless of the result.
The Portuguese tactician survived and recorded two wins in three games in the league in October against the Magpies and Everton.
His problems with his players, in particular Paul Pogba, has been well documented.
But United legend Rooney is adamant that Mourinho is not in the wrong and his players must do more, insisting ‘respecting’ the club is the most important thing.
“Obviously they are going through a difficult period at the minute, but Jose [Mourinho] is very experienced and I think some players have to do a little bit better,” Rooney said.
“Hopefully they can turn their form around, win a few more games and keep the pressure on the top of the table and get back up there, which is where we all want to see them.
“In my experience, I have never seen or heard of a player not wanting to play in the game because they have had a falling out with the manager.
“I don’t think as a player you could do that, you’ve got to respect the club and the fans and also respect your team-mates.
“I don’t think any player, certainly at Manchester United, will be not playing for Jose, I’m sure they’re all working hard behind the scenes to get results.”
Meanwhile, former Red Devils defender Jaap Stam has revealed a desire to manage his old club if Mourinho gets sacked.
“I hope to work sometime for an absolute top club,” Stam said.
“It should be no surprise that Manchester United are a dream club for me.
“That was the situation during my playing career, and it is still the case.”
United travel to take on Bournemouth in their next game (12.30pm).
Source : EXPRESS