Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has called for hard work and commitment from his players to stop their slide towards the drop zone.
Boro are above the relegation zone only on goal difference after their 1-0 defeat at home to Everton on Boxing Day saw their winless run extended to seven games.
The Teessiders face a daunting trip to Manchester United on Monday evening, but Southgate has urged his charges to dig in following reports linking several of his leading players with January moves away from the Riverside Stadium.
"You have the option of rolling up your sleeves or deciding it's not for you," he said.
"That applies to everyone and we need people who want to be here and want to fight for the cause.
"We are going to find things out over the next month or so. There will be a lot of talking and work on the training ground and whoever plays we have got 19 games to get as high up the table as we can.
"We're not blessed with confidence at the moment which affects people's touch and what they are prepared to do but we have to start taking our chances.
"It's easy to start looking at all sorts of wild theories as to why we're not getting results but it's important to maintain a sense of calm and show the right determination and work ethic to get out of it."