Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has said the players are working hard for manager Louis van Gaal, despite a poor run of results that has seen them exit from the Champions League and slip down to 6th spot on the Premier League table.
The Red Devils have failed to win their last seven games, increasing talks about the future of manager Van Gaal.
"It is a bit disrespectful when people say the lads aren't trying for the manager," said Carrick, the BBC reported.
"That hurts us - it's not the type of people we are."
The United vice-captain added: "We haven't won games and it is fair enough if people criticise things that have gone wrong on the pitch.
"It is a horrible run, and it is a horrible feeling. It hurts badly.
"The run we've been on is just not good enough. We can't hide from it, we're not going to hide from it. That is how it is and we all need to be better."
United host Chelsea on Monday. With both teams struggling, it will be interesting to see who gets the win.