Manchester United striker Robin van Persie hit out at teammates after a dismal loss to Olympiakos in the Champions League Knockout stage. The Red Devils trailed 2 to nil in the first leg of the tie.
The Netherland national struggled to spark the team against an inspired Greek side. In one instance, he wasted a good chance to put the ball into the back of the net. United now has to win by three clear goals in the next leg to proceed into the quarter-finals.
“It was quite difficult because my teammates are often in the area where I want to play,” the striker said. “That’s why I have to change my tactics. Unfortunately, they are often in my area.”
“It was much too slow and we only had one shot on target in the whole match against Olympiakos, which is far too little. Everyone is very disappointed.”
Worst Performance in Europe
United’s beleaguered manager David Moyes admitted his side’s failings in this European stage. He and the rest of the Manchester squad are under intense scrutiny after months of horrific results.
“It’s the worst we’ve played in Europe, that’s for sure. A really poor performance tonight. We never got going from the start and we didn’t deserve anything because of the way we played tonight.”
“We came into the game in good form, a good mind set, but we didn’t show that tonight.”