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Manchester United: Van Persie let off the hook despite criticising teammates

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Manchester United have decided against punishing striker Robin van Persie for his comments made in the aftermath of their poor 2-0 defeat away to Olympiakos last week, where he described the struggling champions as ‘lousy’.

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The Daily Star have reported that the Red Devils, who are struggling to perform under David Moyes, have chosen to let the striker off the hook regarding his outburst, with Moyes said to be unwilling to create another problem for the flailing champions.

Van Persie critisised his teammates for their positional play following the defeat, saying

‘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 are often playing in my zones. I think that’s a shame.’

David Moyes has received flak for the way he has ingratiated new signing Juan Mata into the team, with the Spaniard often finding himself stuck on the wing, but RVP believes the problem runs deeper than just one player’s movement.

Read moreWhy Juan Mata failed to make the difference against Arsenal

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The 29-year-old wasn’t finished there however, with his assessment of his side’s current plight hinting further at his reported state of unrest,

“We are lousy – in a lousy position in the league, out of the cups and this looks a difficult one also,” he is reported to have said by The Sun. “We are very disappointed. It’s a tough season.”

Despite this, the Dutchman had some words of encouragement for this struggling manager, but still insisted that United should have rolled their Greek opponents over with some ease,

“With all due respect, we should be able to defeat this team 2-0 or 3-0.”

He’s (Moyes’) 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.”

Verging on the hypocritical there, Robin. Careful!

What do you think? Should Van Persie have been punished? Let me know in the comments below…

Comments (4)

  1. Official Club Statement. Manchester Football Asylum

    Yes, we are looking at several players at the moment.The manager has sent his scouting team out 13 times to watch Messi, Ronaldo, Iniesta, Mangala,Bale,Xavi,Reus,Gundogan,Kroos and Barkley .He is very thorough in his player assessment. He will not waste the club’s money on useless players.

    He needs players who can join him in his vision of how football should be played.The current batch in the Asylum have stopped responding to his treatment.The Board of Directors are all backing the under fire manager.They feel that they know better than the millions of supporters worldwide who are used to ‘Total Football’. Manager Dave Mindless is determined to push his agenda of ‘Total Crap’ football onto the masses of United fans worldwide.

    Editors opinion; It seems that the Coaching staff’s lunacy has spread to the board. This manager is to politely put it a ‘Numptie’ and no one has gone into his CV with any depth.We believe that the ‘See you Jimmy’ club ,with their ‘funny’ handshakes and ‘head butt’ greetings are protecting their own. The ‘madness’ seems to be catching as other football purists constantly repeat their mantra “He needs time”, but do not be fooled by these “speak your weight machines”, as all of them are plotting to oust Dave Mindless. Can I suggest that, he does time for the ‘poisonous football’ he has served up to the world.

    CONTINENTAL NEWS; The world’s top footballers have issued a statement that a certain Manchester Asylum are not so much scouting them ,but in actual fact are stalking them.Some of the above players maybe in that statement.

    BREAKING NEWS……The ex manager is threatening to use the ‘belt’ he was hit with as a child (The one that made him successful) on the editor of this post.Might we suggest that he uses it on Dave Mindless.

  2. He should be left out and see if manchester united will bounce back from lousy position they are. You should be shame of your comment. Blasting away a very crucial and golden opportunity in athens and many of them in the league

  3. Is this the same Robin Van Persie who left Arsenal in search of greener pastures?

  4. i think RVP is right.no one should punish him.as the manager and players should go back and watch their mistakes.then they should come out with the positive solutions quickly to make the club be at the good position this seasion.