Manchester United latest: Olympiakos fallout, Moyes & Van Persie futures

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Manchester United lost 2-0 to Olympiakos in Athens on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen clash with the Greek champions.

Manager David Moyes took the ‘blame’ for the defeat and ‘poor performance’ in the clash.

"I take responsibility," said Moyes. "It's my team and I always front up."

"It was a really poor performance. We never really got going and we didn't deserve anything," the boss added.

The Telegraph writes that Moyes is losing the ‘loyalty’ of ‘Ferguson’s’ players following the loss. The full 'backlash' from the newpapers to the defeat can be found via M.E.N here.

This comes off the back of comments from striker Robin van Persie who stated his teammates are playing in the positions he likes to play, seemingly criticising the manager’s setup.

“My fellow players are sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in,” he told the Dutch broadcaster NOS.

“And unfortunately, they are often playing in my zones. I think that's a shame. 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.”

Whilst The Guardian reports that Moyes’ position at the club ‘remains secure’ following the result described as ‘a new low’ by the BBC, the same publication reports that Van Persie’s future may be hanging in the balance this summer and that the Dutch ace may ‘consider his options.’

Former United captain and TV pundit Roy Keane criticised the Red Devils’ performance as ‘flat’ as well as the manager’s post-match interview.

"That interview was just like the performance: flat. He should say a bit more, have a bit more urgency even in his interview," Keane said.

“That just reflected United's performance tonight: Flat, with no urgency.”

"They keep saying, 'Ah, well, next game, next game'. For some of them there won't be another game. That's the reality," he added.

However, United midfielder Michael Carrick’s wife hit back at Roy Keane on Twitter. Lisa Carrick posted:

“Roy Keane what a **** says anything to provoke a reaction.. That’s all.. Done..”

The defeat on Tuesday, without having scored any away goals against Olympiakos, now leave Moyes and United with a ‘mountain to climb’ in the second leg of the tie at Old Trafford next month.

The squad returned to England looking ‘glum’ today, pictures of which you can see here.

The gossip columns are now filled with rumours that David Moyes could be replaced as manager of United with a reported ‘interim’ managerial solution being discussed.

In transfer news, the Red Devils are linked with AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes as a replacement for skipper Nemanja Vidic who is expected to leave at the end of the season.

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