Wayne Rooney says Manchester United have been 'written off' too early, backing Louis van Gaal's 'unbelievable attention' to turn things around

United captain insists future is bright under Van Gaal

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Wayne Rooney has said Manchester United have been "written off" too early following criticism over the side's poor start to the season.

Despite having statistically the easiest start of all 20 Premier League teams, Louis van Gaal's men have recorded just one win from their first five matches and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by MK Dons.

The club spent more than £150m this summer to improve the side that finished seventh in a disastrous campaign last season, but all that attacking talent could not stop newly-promoted Leicester City from fighting back from two goals down to win 5-3.

United captain Rooney was left furious at some of the defending during the defeat at the King Power Stadium, but is confident the team will improve.

"A lot of people seem to have written us off because of Sunday's result but I don't see it that way," he said.

"When I look around our dressing room and see the quality we have and the manager's unbelievable attention to detail I have no doubts this team will be successful."

United face West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday with a possible defensive crisis – Van Gaal has Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett missing for the match.