Van Persie blames team and Moyes for faulty tactics after Olympiakos defeat
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie attacked his teammates for filling up the spaces he usually operates in after a 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in the first leg of the last-16 round of the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Netherlands international was visibly frustrated during the match with the Greek opposition. Olympiakos outclassed the Premier League champions tactically and skillfully on the field, but it was another poor performance from the English team that resulted in the defeat.
After the game Van Persie voiced his concern over his team’s tactics to Dutch broadcaster NOS. The 30-year-old striker also seemed unsatisfied with the strategy of the Manchester United manager David Moyes.
“My teammates are sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in,” Van Persie said. “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.”
The former Arsenal striker got a late chance to score, but it got wasted. If Manchester United continues to perform at such levels they will have a difficult time qualifying for the quarterfinals. Van Persie also believes that the odds are against Manchester United this season.
Moyes is under increasing pressure because of Manchester United’s poor form. It finally appears as if the job is too big for the Scotsman. Tuesday night was a night when nothing was going right for Moyes. The troubled Old Trafford boss could be seen on the sidelines at the cusp of about to start pulling out his hair.
Since the start of the year Manchester United have lost six of their 12 games, something Van Persie believes has happened because of misfortune rather than poor performances from the players or the coaching staff.
“[Moyes] is working hard at it, and so are we,” Van Persie added. “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.”
Manchester United’s miserable form will most probably keep them out of the Champions League next season. Moyes’ side is sixth on the Premier League table, 11 points away from fourth placed Liverpool and if they don’t win the Champions League they can say good bye to playing in it next year.