Arsenal hero: Moyes' United played into Olympiakos' hands

David Moyes

Arsenal veteran Lee Dixon hinted Manchester United's poor approach led to their surprise defeat to Olympiakos.

ITV pundit Lee Dixon has delivered his verdict on Manchester United's defeat to Olympiakos, and it's not pretty reading for David Moyes.

The former Arsenal full-back indicated the away side's poor start, and failure to impose themselves on the game as an attacking force was the main reason for their demise.

"They were slow, sloppy. From the start with the opposition at a high tempo, you've got to take the sting out of the game.

"(United) played into their hands. There wasn't enough creativity.

"They've got pace in the side but didn't use it. It was a really disappointing performance.

"I don't think anybody came out of the game with any credit, the standards they've set."

Strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney didn't manage a shot on target between them all game, while nobody in midfield or defence really impressed as United were second best all over the field on the night.

Dixon did relent a little in his assessment of David Moyes' approach, hinting there were a variety of factors for the team's surprise defeat.

"They had a poor window, didn't get the players they really went for, and there's been a demise of the players at the back.

"Put all that together and take away their confidence because of results and come to a place like this, where it's very very difficult, and you get a result like this."

Little comfort for a team which did not look anything like the Red Devils which had won their last five European away games, but one typical of the side which have lost away at Stoke and Chelsea in 2014.

Even hoping the Red Devils will turn it around in the home leg seems a stretch considering their home record this season, with memories of their League Cup penalty defeat to Sunderland fresh in the memory.

 

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