Manchester United's Rafael says players are to blame for slump
The Manchester United right-back Rafael has callled for fans of the club to lay off manager David Moyes and insisits the team's worst start to a league campaign in a generation is down to its underperforming players.
Speaking with goal.com, the Brazilian defender said: " I don't know why everyone is looking for the coach. It's the players who have to do the job on the pitch."
"We have to take the mentality David Moyes has given us and use it on the pitch. He is doing his own job. We have to use that in a positive way."
Having avoided the disaster of losing four games in a row by defeating Swansea 2-0 at the weekend- without the star duo of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie- United still sit ten points behind leaders and geographical rivals Manchester City after 21 games.
Moyes is in his first season with the club since joining from Everton, while Rafael has been at Old Trafford fom 2008 onwards, picking up two caps for Brazil in that time.