Robin van Persie blasts Manchester United team-mates after Greek tragedy
The Dutchman frustrated by his fellow players after Red Devils are beaten 2-0 by Olympiacos on Tuesday night
February 26th, 2014
Manchester United were utterly hopeless in the Karaiskakis Stadium last night, with David Moyes correctly describing the performance as the team’s worst in Europe this season and Robin van Persie cut an angry figure after the match.
The Dutchman missed his team’s best chance of the game in the 81st minute, although he claimed after the match that his United team-mates had ventured into the channels he usually occupies on the pitch which prevented him from making a maximum impact.
While RVP was reluctant to criticise Moyes for his team selection or tactics, the forward’s comments to Dutch TV after the game was just another example of disharmony in the ranks, with the United manager struggling to keep the dressing room together after this latest performance.
Van Persie told the Dutch TV channel NOS: “Our fellow players are sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in. And when I see that it makes it difficult for me to come to those spaces as well. So that forces me to adjust my runs, based on the position of my fellow players. And unfortunately, they’re often playing in my zones. I think that’s a shame.”
RVP managed his team’s only shot on target last night, with Olympiacos winning the match by a 2-0 scoreline which makes them big favourites to now progress to the quarter final stage of the competition.
Van Persie defended Moyes by saying: “He’s working hard at it, and so are we. Sometimes we play well, but not all the time. We don’t have luck on our side. It’s easy to point the finger at someone, but I’m not like that. We have to do better ourselves.”
Of his missed chance, Van Persie said: “I rushed that shot. That’s a shame because I don’t get a lot of chances so when you get one, you have to score.”
Moyes has now lost eleven games this season in all competitions, with a 54% win rate and the prospect of them winning silverware or qualifying for next season’s Champions League look remote.